HandmadeElectronicInstruments‘ Human Contact Synth is played by bridging the connection between the two plates, turning your body – or your friends – into a skinthesizer.
Here’s what designer Michael Rucci has to say about the Human Contact Synth:
It is played by bridging the connection between the two plates. The more contact made the higher the pitch. You can experiment with friends by making a human chain of resistance.
With a very minimal design this synth is carved into a single piece of salvaged wood with an aged looking stain. Aside from the two contact plates you have a power switch and indicator light. There is 1/4″ output so it is easy to connect to amps, effects, or recording equipment.
It is powered by an internal 9v battery that is hidden under the left plate. Although the battery will last extremely long it is important to be sure to replace all washers and the contact wire around one screw when changing the battery.