The Imaginary Marching Band is a series of open-source wearable instruments that allow people to create real music through pantomime. The Band is an ongoing project by Scott Peterman, as part of his Masters Thesis in Design and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design. You can see more of his work at www.petermania.com.
With this work, I seek to advocate a more humorous and humane take on the devices that increasingly rule our daily lives. Although the computers we now carry with us wherever we go seem to draw us further and further into our own digital cocoons, I strongly believe as an artist that the future does not have to be so isolating.
The Imaginary Marching Band proposes a reality where technology helps us interact with the real world in more memorable, unique, and ultimately fun ways.
The Band currently consists of four Imaginary Instruments – Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, and Cymbals. Currently implemented using the Arduino open-source computing platform, all the instruments mirror the functionality of their real world counterparts, and can reproduce their full range of notes using MIDI data output from the gloves via USB. This allows them to be used with any audio editing software, from Garageband to Logic to Pro Tools.