Digital artist Daito Manabe turns people into controllers for experimental music performances.

Tokyo-based artist and programmer Daito Manabe has carried out a number of innovative technology projects. These often involve him hacking the human body in some way.

One system focuses on experimental music performances and linked a person’s face to electric sensors. Instead of playing a guitar or drums, this system let you ‘play’ your face like a musical instrument, using facial movements as a controller to trigger sounds.

Electrical stimulation could also be applied to the person’s face to create involuntary twitches that match the beat of the music. Manabe’s projects and inspiration are the subject of a short documentary from The Creators Project, which you can check out below:

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