“The benefit of AudioBody’s show is far-reaching; not only is the audience captivated for the duration of the show, but the innovation behind the performance stays with the viewer long after the performance has ended. Both kids and adults will be inspired to look at things in a new way, to engage their creative minds, to explore the unknown and to embrace their individuality.” -Museum L-A, Maker Faire
Part of what makes AudioBody so unique is the technology featured in the show. Brothers, Matt & Jason Tardy, are the masterminds, engineers, makers, and thinker-uppers of all the crazy contraptions.
Hand made out of aluminum angle-stock, bungee cords, 150+ LEDs, and 200+ of feet of lamp cord; The Spine is the center piece of the AudioBody show. This instrument is essentially an electronic drum set that can be played by two people at the same time. It can trigger any sound imaginable and can change sounds mid song to expand it’s 20 triggers to an unlimited scale of notes. It’s unusual appearance is a great attention grabber, but is almost 100% functional. The entire drum set packs up into just one of the black road-cases that you see on the floor supporting it. One checked bag, please and thank you.
24 arcade push-buttons, 2 joysticks, and a big red button! Big Red is a designated button for changing all of the lights and instruments to launch a new song/piece. The other buttons can be programmed to play loops of sounds, synths, and sound effects. This controller along with The Spine patch into the computer by interfacing with a 56-input, I-PAC keystroke encoder intended for arcade consoles.
Lego Button Interface
Made 99% out of legos (minus an aluminum rod for support, and lots of Kragle). This contraption connects to the Arcade Controller. By picking up and setting down the weighted balls it moves levers that swing down and press the buttons underneath. While each ball is lifted a specific loop of music will play.
Each jumpsuit (more like a backpack with lots of wires) outfits the wearer with five triggers. One on the right hand, two on the chest, and one on each foot. The feet utilize vibration switches to fire signals on a foot stomp. The other triggers are hand made soft switches made out of conductive fabric, foam, and copper wire. Just like the rest of the instruments, these triggers can play any sound our heart desires, including musical instruments, robot sfx, and kung fu samples.
Makey Makey allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads. Using this device we can transform a simple high-five with an audience member into a sound trigger! This uses the same technology as a touch screen on a phone (capacitance switch).