Re: Dance machine in Japan

Greg Baskind (
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 04:37:35 -0500

Apparently Yamaha has been prototyping and demo-ing and testing a
MIDI controller in the form of a suit.
Hiroshi Chu Okubo has a web page about it.
I spoke with some US Ymaha reps and it seems that the mass market is
not ready for such a device...nor is the device ready for the mass
market. So it is only availalbe in Japan and not readily.
Miburi is just one...

Just like the Many that are out there.

Mic Fleetwood had one designed for him by Jimmy Hotz in Cali. Back in
the eighties.
Laurie Anderson uses one in some of her performances. Also by Jimmy
Hotz, I think.

Mark Congnolio at Troika Ranch has also built one called MIDI DANCER.

The folks at DEIM in dk have also a developed a suit.

I'm working on one in Austin Texas.

I think some mention of Craig Anderton should be made here. His
book...Digital Projects for Musicians was the first book written on
how to build a MIDI "brain" box. All these "suits" use a type of
Microprocessor brain box.

Anyone care to add to this....


>i like this thread
>it makes a suit
>an obsolete body
>we pay for privilege
>and don't know why
>or how to ask
>just where it comes from
>cause it's just trash
>a minute from now
>that's where we'll put it
>for the lower class.
> > From: Yukihiko Yoshida <>
> > To:
> > Cc:
> > Subject: Re: Dance machine in Japan
> > Date: October 15, 1999 10:04 AM
> >
> > > Didn't find anything about Mirburi suits there.
> >
> > Ah...
> > Yamaha is the name of company.
> > So if you have interest, you can contact with them by e-mail.
> >
> > > What is a MIRBURI suit exactly?
> > > (the word "mirburi" returned no hits in altavista, hotbot, webcrawler,
> > > fast, deja, lycos.... - I'm getting mighty curious..!)
> >
> > So do I.
> >
> > Is that the suit which can get data from the motion of body ?
> > Maybe I saw the photos few years ago.
> >
> > Best Wishes
> >
> >
> > Yukihiko YOSHIDA
> >
> >

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