Researchers in Canada have designed a family of prosthetic musical instruments, including an external spine and a touch-sensitive rib cage. Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick, two PhD researchers at McGill University's Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab (IDMIL), worked with a team of dancers, musicians, composers and choreographers to develop wearable digital instruments for a live music and dance performance, called Les Gestes. (august 2013)
This is the Crudlabs CRUDMAN. It is a monophonic, tape-based instrument designed around a single cassette Walkman. It is not designed to replace a Mellotron and it does not sound like a Mellotron. It's its own thing which has its own sound and features. It is a new instrument and a tool to find new and interesting musical and atonal sounds using the unique characteristics of cassette tapes.