Audio tutu, 1989.
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Invented by Benoit Maubrey as part of his concept in Electroacoustic or Audio clothes. Dancers wear tutus like this to record the sound patterns of their movements. After the electronics in the tutu have digitally doctored the sound it becomes the music for the dance. The tutu is solar-powered and made of plexi-glas and has microphones and speakers. Many of the ideas and designs of Maubrey and his colleagues (at Die Audio Gruppe in Germany) form the basis of public performances in specific spaces, eg the Audio Bicyclists for the Arts Festival at Rennes.