This is a collaboration between a Charlena Russell and Bernie Rohde; a computer technologist with experience in wearable lighting. Together they’ve designed and built a one-of-a-kind LED circuit suitable for performance activity. Bernie’s method of circuit design is to integrate with Charlena’s stage costume, not to predetermine or add-on. The suit has 100 LED lights, powered by battery packs, colours under performer-operated remote-control, on/off switching decided by a built-in audio processor and autonomous computer logic.
When it comes to thinking outside of the box, we want to inspire and lead by example. We feel this project is a sort-of creative “trail-blazing”. We believe it will enrich our community with a never-before-seen experience that will captivate and intrigue audiences of all ages. This suit, combined with Charlena’s performance, will create a local stir that is enjoyable for all.
This project is a “one-stop-shop” that will further merge our community’s growing desire to feel connected to art, tech and innovation. This sound-activated light-suit will provide an opportunity for all ages to have an authentic experience with invention, scientific education, art, music and entertainment in a one-of-a-kind, do-it-yourself technological costume that has been custom designed for Charlena’s performances.
Both Bernie and Charlena consider it their life’s work to learn and connect with others through creative projects. We have become a strong team that has successfully created a durable costume that will be used for years to come. This suit has expanded elements from both of their projects, while allowing new dimensions to be seen in live, real time performances.
The suit will be worn while Charlena performs her electronic-jazzy songs with a loop pedal, vocals, violin, ukulele, trumpet, guitars and multi-instrumental backing tracks. Projected video images will also visually enhance the experience.
Audience participation is key, as there will be danceable songs that require call backs and clapping, this unique experience enables the audience to interact with the suit, providing a lasting impact.
We believe the suit may also make music visually accessible for the hearing impaired, allowing them to see the music!
See you at the next show!