Though music usually comes from people's voices or people thumping something on another thing or people wisping their fingers across strings, Japanese artist Daito Manabe found a new form for a musical instrument: the human face. Yep, facial songs.

The way he set it up was by linking electric sensors to a person's face (it looks like they're going under an insanity test or something). If the face moves a certain way, well, it'll trigger the specific sound attached. Squint to sing, I guess. It's not exactly Mozart on a piano but it's still music (what isn't music these days).


The idea behind the project is to create music out of the human nervous system—what do we naturally sound like? Can you imagine if a real singer—someone who, um, doesn't exactly make the prettiest faces while they sing (think Kelly Clarkson or John Mayer)—got hooked up to Manabe's system while actually singing too? Would their face music sound as good as their voice music? Would it harmonize? I need to know who's the best face singer. [The Creators Project via Design Taxi]