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synthetic vibes

Materials:
1) Nylon raincoat with hood & strings for tightening/loosening the hood.
2)YOU.

Setup:
Put on the raincoat with the hood up.

Performance:
Hold the hoodstrings tight with one hand while plucking the strings with the other.
The effect may not be detectable to the outside world, but you - with the hood on - are in a prime locale. The vibrations travel through the strings and resound within the hood "membrane".
The hood is comparable to the body of a stringed instrument like a violin or guitar. It acoustically projects the sound of the vibrating strings as they resonate. Having your ears very close to this membrane means you'll be able pick up on these sounds and can vary the tension on the hoodstrings to play different pitches. You have just made your raincoat into a stringed instrument!

If needed, you can hold AND play the strings with one hand, leaving the other to scratch the outside of the raincoat, or "spin nylon" if you will. I was able to produce DJ-like sounds among others.

The techniques above illustrate how to make the sounds, but the piece's composition is improvisation.

Play and repeat.
Enjoy.

Wardrobe - Kevin C. Walker

Audible sound piece constructed with nothing but clothing built for the human body.

 

Clothing Sounds... Instructions?

Clothing:
Outerwear-- Coat (pockets with keys on lanyard), scarf, flip-gloves/mittens, jeans, heavy untied/zipped snow boots.

Setup:
Attach contact microphone to each hand so that the sensitive plate is facing out & halfway under where the mitten-flip would be. The gain for these would be about 30-35% of the other contact mics.
One contact mic on outside of key pocket, one on the interior of the in-side portion of a pants leg (doesn't matter which side) at about calf level.

Performance:
With hands in pockets, march in place with a steady rhythm (rhythm breaks down as performance progresses). 
After 10-15 seconds, take hands out of pockets and flip a mitten open, run palm over backs of hand, up arm, over shoulders, unwind scarf and run hand down to stomach to other mitten and repeat. 
Stop marching rock on the balls of the feet-- one at a time, together, there should be no particular pattern while brushing off all clothing for about 10 seconds.
Stomp boots flat footed, tap toes on the ground behind and jump up and down flat-footed.

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