DENZIPFADEN lets you change the volume of your music and add samples -or anything else that you might do with a MIDI controller- by pulling on the six golden zippers on the suit and a bracelet.
The suit is completely handcrafted out of golden silk and polyester wires and custom made golden zippers.
The project was developed together with DJ and electronic composer Beorn Lebenstedt (Newk), who developed the technology and wrote music for the suit.
Dijkstra says that there are unexpected consequences to embedding DJ MIDI controls into a wearable outfit:
The process of composing music did not change, because you can use any music for this suit, but the performance part became more intimate than we’d ever thought. The crowd usually does not see the DJ using the mixer. It is hidden behind the DJ desk and is overshadowed by a lot of attitude, arms in the air and jumping.
With this suit, the act of mixing can become more expressive. The focus of the performance shifts the audience’s attention towards the technical action of the DJ creating sound effects that would normally go unnoticed.
What do you think of the idea of embedding music controllers into clothing? Would you wear a haute couture MIDI controller like this?
via fashioningtech; images Michele Pauty