When Calvin Cherry shows off the “musical instrument” he’s been developing, he doesn’t stop moving.
That’s kind of the point.
“It translates your body movements into music,” said Cherry, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student, as he does sort of a two-step in the living room of his Vilas-neighborhood apartment. Cherry has small electronic sensors Velcro-ed onto his wrists and ankles. As he moves about, the synthesized rock track playing on a loop over the speakers changes.
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