between music and technology -- this isn't his first experiment, after all.
But this may be his weirdest yet, combining a drum machine -- one that's powered by human
fingers and their electrical impulses -- with an electroshock audio
visualizer, hooked up to a poor guy's face. The result appears to be either
a deleted scene from A Clockwork Orange, or a psych ward treatment
gone horribly wrong.
The clip pretty much shows it all, but essentially, Manabe has mapped a MIDI
box with different drum sounds to each of his five fingers, so that when he
makes contact with any human body part, it registers as a noise. Meanwhile,
he has electroshock probes hooked up to the face muscles of his subject,
which are also tapped into the same MIDI source. When he plays a different
sound with his fingers, different parts of his face twitch in time with the
sounds. It's awesome, but weird. Really weird, actually.