Skin contact between performers creates a positive social environment

Luke Fishbeck aka Lucky Dragons demonstrates his Make A Baby project. [more]
[W]hen you hold one of the wires in your hand and someone else holds one and you touch each other, it makes noises. If you have ever touched someone and had them make noise, you know it's nice. And when that's shifted by a computer and a tall, soft spoken, half halo-haired man from California it's extra exaggerated.
[via Fader]


  1. “half halo-haired man?” Sorry, where I come from, that’s a mullet. It may be an irony-bedazzled attempt at a hipster mullet, but it’s a mullet nonetheless.

    The joining hands bit was cool. The rocks and the…err…ahh explanation of why the rocks work was dopey. I haven’t heard anything Lucky Dragons have done since Widows a few years back, but I liked it.

  2. Saw this a few years ago at SXSW, pretty amazing stuff. I love musical acts that use meaningful and integral audience interaction.

    and yes, that’s a mullet. it’s a glorious one. it was about twice as long when i witnessed the act.

  3. Yeah the rocks was a really weird framing device for something that was mostly about terrific music. The Make a Baby link has more about the quilt-based music maker.

  4. Lucky Dragons is also very committed to free use and creative commons, and most of their projects are copyrighted that way, for all you Boing Boingers who are interested in that. Many of their songs can be downloaded from

    Here is a link for one of their videos.

    (Very Psychedelic, for all you Boing Boingers who are into that).

    Lucky Dragons was in the Whitney 2008 Biennial and towards the end of the show a bunch of donors (or so I assumed) in expensive suits showed up and either didn’t realize it was audience participation or didn’t want to be touched refused the offer of joining in the music making through skin contact.

    Video of part of the Whitney show.

  5. Was ‘lucky’ enough to catch Lucky Dragons when he came through Chicago this summer. The rocks were pretty cool, but the nodes and the touching of all these strangers to make music was weird and sort of transcended your typical live musical performance. Overall, a totally excellent time and musical experience. His video projections were pretty mind blowing too.

  6. Anybody know if they have any hardware/software info? i really want to make something like that.

    Also i think rocks act on the electric field, they are insulators/dielectric, and so they change the applied field. Search for relative permittivity.

    Effective Capacitance = Relative Permittivity*Capacitance(in vacuum)

  7. Luke?

    Please stop asking me questions? With every phrase you speak? You know? When your voice goes up? When you aren’t actually asking a question? It’s quite annoying? And makes people like me not want to listen to you? Despite how interesting your art may be?

  8. Now that’s real rock music.

    I can hear the pickup lines now… Hey baby, we can make beautiful music together. We can live in harmony, etc.

    But it wasn’t clear in the video that it was just the rocks responsible for the sound. His hands were holding them and they could have been the instigation of the sound.

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