Sonic Clothing Roundup: Projects, Resources, DIY

[Updated] No, not t-shirts with band names on it. I’m talking about wearable, interactive clothing with integrated electronics that respond to or generate sound. Inspired by the latest picks from Regine at we make money not art, I’ve decided it’s time for a roundup: Musical Gloves: Perhaps the most ubiquitous form of wearable sonic accessory, musical gloves hit their peak as Max artists in the early 90s appropriated the VR gaming toy, the Mattel Power Glove. Richard Boulanger was responsible for a lot of the early research, assisted by Eric Singer who went on to create a 1999 wireless MIDI …

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Quantazelle: Producer-Designer-Musician Extraordinaire

I’m obviously getting too much sleep. Are you? Quantazelle (aka Liz McLean Knight of Chicago), designer and creator of MIDI jewelry as mentioned yesterday, must not be. She’s: a talented IDM musician/producer (take a listen — good stuff!) creator/editor of the electronic music zine Modsquare owner of the jewelry company Zella founder, manager, and designer of the subvariant record label Is the new trend in digital musicians multi-tasking? (Or is it just that we’re all doomed to spend every waking hour, and some non-waking hours, in front of our screens?)

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MIDI as Jewelry

Are you anxiously awaiting the death of the 5-pin DIN MIDI cable? This dinosaur used by standard MIDI equipment was already retro when it was introduced for music in 1985, but there’s nothing quite as powerful as the status quo. (Besides, we’ve seen jitter and other problems on some USB and FireWire MIDI devices, so not all is perfect on the sexier new cables.) But formats don’t die: they just get made into jewelry. Zelle has transformed MIDI cables into cuffs and keychains. Also featured: 1/4″ jack plugs (what, no XLR?), transistors, and other geeky raw materials. Tom at MusicThing …

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Wear your Shuffle on your Shirt

PodBrix, who brought us the "Lego" Steve Jobs keynote playset, now have the world's geekiest way of toting around your iPod Shuffle. The Brixwear 1000, due to go on sale at 9 PM Eastern time Monday 3/21, uses a magnetic clasp to keep your Shuffle on your chest and not on the sidewalk. US$28.99, and yes, we expect them to sell out. Still not satisfied? Pressure Drop's Deco Dock is also $28.99 (actually, $24.99 pre-order) and looks like it escaped from the Joker's lair. Batman-style Art Deco? Priceless. Even if Gizmodo's Joel doesn't like it.

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Clubbing for Kids

Boing boing (you know, the site where I'm picking fights with Star Trek TNG veterans — more on that soon) gets the scoop on a disco club for toddlers (4 to 6 year olds). The velvet rope is in full force: the installation is at upscale Paris clothing shop Colette (makes Bergdorf look as un-hip as TJ Maxx), and only 10-12 kids are allowed by appointment only. If you can make it in, though, this place has what must be the best dance scene I've ever seen — to say nothing of the DJ dressed as a panda (see the …

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Styleaholics: Open Call for Female DJs

Okay, as we talk today about equal opportunities for female music makers today, I'm not sure how encouraging it is that the open call for female DJs is at a fashion event. But hey, there's menswear, too, and a DJed event with independent fashion designers is something I'd go to.  (Press pass, anyone?) $50/hr pay if you make it; if you're looking for more exposure and can get to Manhattan, give it a shot. Styleaholics' open audition is here in NYC December 16. (via Remix Magazine) (Incidentally, if you want UNPAID work, and you're male OR female, stay tuned — …

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