It’s not animal-friendly, constructed of black leather and snakeskin, but it is fashion-forward. It’s Rucyl Mills’ over-the-shoulder, wearable MIDI controller, complete with pads, knobs and faders (looking mysteriously like they were liberated from an M-Audio Trigger Finger). Rucyl describes her creation:

I built the elektro-07 so I could control the sonic and visual parameters of my live performances without having to look deep into the eye of my laptop, hunched over in computer music stance. I’m still learning how to play it.. Software wise, it runs a maxMSP/Jitter patch smoothly, connected to my laptop by a long usb cable. Major thanks to Luke DuBois.

I have to agree: I’ve seen people with great stage presence hunched over laptops, but hunching is … well, uncomfortable. Note, by contrast, her relaxed pose.

Rucyl is a NY-based electronic musician and artist, with an impressive portfolio of interactive works.

Rucyl Mills site

As for the “Sexy Computer Nerd” reference, that’s a reference to Rucyl’s love ballad to you PHP-coding, blinking-LED-heart heartthrobs out there:

Sexy Computer Nerd from elektrocardio on Vimeo.

Thanks to Eric Dunlap for sending this our way. Other examples of wearable interfaces, anyone — or other ways you’ve made your gear strap-on-able?

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  • cubestar

    Yeah, a snakeskin purse is the futuristic way to control computer music, why didn't we think of this???

  • ilter

    What about a wearable Bra MIDI controller with 2 knobs only?

    That'd be more interesting to play.

    The less is more.

  • Peter Kirn

    Sure, but in the interests of gender equality, we'd have to do a MIDI codpiece, too. (Maybe you could just wave your pelvis around and use motion sensors, to avoid being *too* lewd.)

  • kaden

    Joysticks with full duplex haptic feedback? The porn industry's been on top of that tech for years.

  • Peter Kirn

    Yes, but this *did* start with hand luggage, for the record. Then again, some of us do get excited at the sight of luggage, so maybe this isn't at all incongruous after all.

  • King Britt

    This is absolutely the sh*t. I think linking up with Tumi and M-Audio would be one of the best marketing moves to date. Or Samsonite black.

    I have been following her work for a while. Amazing mind here.

    She's hot too!

    As a metro (lol), i want one !

  • Rucyl

    yes it's a hacked m-audio trigger finger.. interesting how the gender topic is sprinkled through the comments.. I was thinking more about a less ostentatious keytar rather than a midi-purse when I made this.. but I'd be happy to make a midi man-purse or man-bra controller for those feeling left out.

  • corporation

    i love this.

    and i hate purses! :)

  • Robman84

    Wow, innovative! How about making a pair of tight trousers with a touch sensitive patch on the top of the thigh for virtual tambourine shenanigans (sp?) for lead singers?

  • Peter Kirn

    Actually, Robman, pant sensors have been done. I see Rucyl has one variant of it, and we've seen all sorts of leg/knee slapping arrangements. Tightness is up to you.

  • Peter Kirn

    PS, let it now be said: I desperately want a MIDI man purse. 😉

  • Andrew

    Even a little fanny pack would be the shit!!!!!!! Perhaps it could have a little fold out keyboard too, for nonstage applications.

  • Andrew

    PS. Let it be said now… I need to see more images and performances by attractive controller girls… :)

  • vinayk

    @Peter Kirn

    you mean a "MIDI male carry-all" =P

  • rhowaldt

    it's about time someone developed surgically built-in body-cavity multi-touch sensors with MIDI functions and a hidden Kaoss-Pad.

  • Peter Kirn

    Okay, gang, people who want X-rated wearable controllers — the idea does exist:
    (I know some of the organizers/ inventors of that event, and they're in fact very wonderful folks!)

    Not sure why we went there, but there you go.

    People who just want *wearable* stuff, see:

    You just may want to keep the two things straight, though, or you could get into some trouble the next time you're near a Prada.

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  • jose

    no esta mal. saludos