Electric mannequin leg maraca

[Richie Brown] created an electric mannequin leg maraca. The leg is filled with little bits of plastic, metal, and wood. Hook it up to a looping pedal, add a piezo disc mic, and you’ve got an unusual instrument with a lot of potential. [Brown] has other projects that encourage interaction and invite curiosity, from disembodied mannequin parts to repurposed piano keyboards. The creations come attached with contact mics that pick up noises as people touch, poke, and play around with them.


  1. frenki says:


  2. mike says:

    This is just one of those things that makes you say “WTF!”

  3. blizzarddemon says:

    This guy is amazing. Like an auditory version of Andy Worhal. Keep up the good work!

  4. yert says:

    Anyone but me notice the plastic female torso in the background?

  5. TJ says:

    Would be more interesting if he used the purple piece in the background instead :-)

  6. Stephen Kuhl says:

    Very cool… In a weird, creepy sort of way.

  7. Tman says:

    took me about 30 sec. to see the purple torso in the background. overall weird but cool

  8. sam says:

    anyone know what pedal he is using for the looping?

  9. pip says:

    Woah, don’t bother venturing past 1:30, he starts shaking and shitz.

    Weird guy, weird “hack”.

  10. Hey yert, did you notice the face behind the torso? Haha, someone must’ve liked dark night.

  11. MRE says:

    jebus everything about him and his room scream 1983 i want my mtv. Its a compliment in a strange sort of way.

    to paraphrase a song of the day:
    “logiddat leg, thats the way you shake it.. play your manaquine on the mtv. maby get a blister on your little finger, maby get a blister on your thumb.”

  12. JohnR says:

    how the hell does this have potential? maybe I just don’t take enough smack to see the ‘music’ in this.

    ps. shave your face you ugly beatnik

  13. static says:

    Yes, I noted the female torso, as well as the face. I may need professional help as my gaze kept drifting towards the torso. Then again it may have been the only thing in the video worth looking at. ;) What is and what isn’t music is relative, while this is interesting, I’m not going to buy the CD or MP3. I’m not sure what the dude’s facial hair has to do with anything, male artists of several music genre wear the same style. At any rate the project IS a hack.

  14. Robert says:

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