random hipDisk-ed explorers at Monash University Melbourne Faculty of Art & Design


worn by Red Symons for his ABC774 radio morning show
on 1 august 2011 ~ check out
the video !!!

episode winner, ABC TV’s New Inventors program !
finalist in the Invention of the Year competition!!!!)
episode 22, 2011 ~ check out the video !!!

Possibly the most undignified musical instrument ever, hipDisk exploits changing relationships between torso and hip to actuate sound.Simple horizontal disk-shaped extensions of the body exaggerate, so make highly visible, the interdependent relationship of the hip and torso. Soft switches, strategically placed around the perimeter of each disk, allow the wearer to play a chromatic scale, and so play simple melodies, restricted only by flexibility and speed of swing.

hipDisk is designed to inspire people to swing their hips and explore and extend the full range of movement available to them through a simultaneous, interdependent exploration of sound. In creating hipDisk, the interest was to move beyond limb- and digit-triggered switches and explore full-body movement for actuation. The resulting body-instrument interconnects choreography and composition in a fundamental way, and hopefully opens up new areas of exploration.

look out for the hipdiskettes !!!

An ensemble of performers known as the hipdiskettes
are working on a performance of The Girl From Ipanema

Four hipDisked performers can play chord structures, harmonize,
provide counterpoint, so develop increasingly complex
hipDisk compositions.

link for more


Wilde, D. hipDisk: using sound to encourage physical extension, exploring humour in interface design
International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media (IJPADM). Intellect (UK) 2008.

Wilde, D. hipDisk - a most undignified musical instrument
In proceedings of
(re)Actor2, the Second International Conference on Digital Live Art 2007, Leeds, UK.

Wilde, D. hipDisk - an interactive sonic system inspired by core-body gesture
In proceedings of the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2007 (
acmc07), Canberra Australia.



3 HCI Professors and a student volunteer at OZCHI09

demonstrating interface functionality:

presentation | discussion+performance: WearNow Symposium at the National Museum of Australia:

initial R+D : conductive fabric + sound circuit tests:

interface trials:

final prototype : interface detail and schematic:

getting dressed:

a quiet moment at the anu school of art foyer gallery:


hipDisk was conceived and developed during Reskin, ANAT and Craft Australia's three-week summer residential lab focused on wearable technology.

thanks to Cinamon Lee, Alistair Riddell, and participants of Reskin for input into the interface design
my participation in
reSkin was supported by ANAT through a Professional Development Fund grant

the research continues at
Monash University in the Faculty of Art and Design (Caulfield East, Melbourne)
and at CSIRO Division of Textile and Fibre Technology (Belmont), VIC Australia

special thanks to Tony Gargette and Brendan d’Arcy at CSIRO
and to michael borthwick for additional technical support


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