Daito Manabe uses electrical impulses as an artistic medium, creating music through reactions of the human nervous and muscular systems.
“Can you smile without emotion?”
That’s what Daito Manabe asks in the video above. It’s the sort of question many of his digital art projects begin with, leading him to experiment with myoelectric sensors to turn people’s faces into human drum machine. A similar endeavor recently saw him visualizing FaltyDL’s music using jerky, electrified movements of the human body.
Taking the role of programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer on each of his projects, Manabe is able to realize scenarios that change our perception of how our bodies interact with technology. Whereas most electronic musicians control sound with their hands, Manabe uses the electrical impulses of his facial muscles. Most of us just walk in sneakers, but Manabe fitted various pairs of Nikes with sensors that trigger and manipulate sound. DJs have long dreamed of having a third arm to mix and scratch with, and Manabe has already traversed this possibility.
While a lot of digital art prides itself on seamlessness, hiding the wire and code guts of what makes each piece tick, Manabe’s work embraces the functional aesthetic of these tools, focusing his creative energy on conveying a thought-provoking performance. Sitting on stage and altering sound with various facial expressions has this effect without fail.
You can check out Manabe and Perfume choreographer MIKIKO’s projection-mapped video for Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue” below. Below that, see some stills from Manabe’s various projects.
(via The Creators Project)
Earlier this month Dim Mak went head to head against Friends of Friends, The Jeffrees, and Smog at Exchange L.A. for Red Bull Culture Clash. Each team battled against one another in four rounds including “Introduce Your Crew”, “What Your Crew Can Do I Can Do Better”, “Let Us Entertain You”, and “Leave it All on The Table”. Here’s our personal view from the night featuring Klever, Clockwork, Fashen, and our special guest DMX.
Check one, check one two. This week we are proud announce the the homie from ATL, KLEVER, has blessed us as well as all of you with a Sounds from The WELL mix. We could not be more stoked for the 2 time US DMC champion to grace all of us with his talent, thanks G. He lives in LA now so follow him and go watch him spin cause he’s BOUT THAT LIFE. (via The Well)
We know this dude named Neil Favila that for some reason we like to invite out to our events and activities. He’s been working alongside us for a couple years now and has been steadily becoming a popular name in the industry. What separates Favila from the rest of the photographers out there is his ability to capture the moments that really give one a look into our present culture and chaotic lifestyle. Did we mention that hes super dope and cool and like, knows a bunch of badass people? Hes Legit. Heres a couple shots from Steves birthday…
To see the rest of Neil’s photos from that night click here.
To see the rest of Neil’s photos from that night click here.
Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Dream South Beach Hotel. Keep a look out because you may just recognize a few faces with cameo’s from Steve Aoki, Dirtyphonics, Alvin Risk, PeaceTreaty, Angger Dimas, R3hab, Afrojack, Lil, Jon, Clockwork, Joachim Garraud, and Felix Cartal.
Katy Perry hasn’t been performing music on stage lately, but the artist has been spending time relaxing and enjoying her friends. The entertainer shared photographs of her hanging out with family during Thanksgiving and on Tuesday Katy Perry was taking time to celebrate Yung…
Check out Digilove’s latest feature on Dim Mak, recapping Steve’s Birthday bash at the Shrine. The feature gives you the low down of the night along with great visuals of the celebration. You can view the full article on their website here.
Last night I learned just how competitive bowling is when the Dim Mak family came together in downtown Los Angeles for Steve’s surprise birthday party. We took over four lanes for the celebration and filled it with good company, balloons, beer, strike outs, and birthday cake…
Felix Cartal #NoSleep Photo Contest
1. Take a photo of you doing your best No Sleep pose (half-awake, yawning, wearing pajamas… be creative!)
2. Tweet it, Instagram it or upload to Facebook.com/felixcartal tagging both @felixcartal and #NoSleep
3. All photos will be uploaded to Facebook. The two best photos (chosen by us) and the one with the most likes on fbook will win amazing prizes!
3 Prize Packs:
A year supply of Red Bull
A Felix Cartal/Dim Mak merch prize pack
And a third prize to be announced week of winner announcement
Full contest rules at: http://contest.felixcartal.com
Dim Mak has teamed up with Factory 413, the Hollywood boutique owned by Chad Muska and Angel Cabada of KR3W, to launch an exclusive line of limited edition tees.
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These t-shirts will be launching this Sunday at Factory 413 in conjunction with the launch of the Muska x Aoki x Factory 413 Supra Skytop II Remix.
Check Factory413.com for details of the event.
Los Angeles, CA- November 15, 2012- Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash will return to Los Angeles on December 5, 2012 and will feature four internationally known and well-respected L.A.-based music collectives: Dim Mak and SMOG, both of whom competed in 2010, as well as…
Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Mansion, pool party at Dream Hotel, Steve Aoki’s set at UMF and everything in-between.