Ars Electronica 2005
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The Singing Skeleton Pilot SSP 04

'Stephan Pirker Stephan Pirker

The simulator consists of a skeleton guitar, a skeleton toboggan and a monitor that displays a video of the skeleton guitar’s run through the Innsbruck-Igls Olympic Bobsled Track. The pilot straps on the guitar and lays down on the flexible skeleton toboggan. A motor-driven wind-wheel that activates the guitar’s strings replaces the headwind that occurs during a real run. Which strings it ends up strumming depends on the pilot’s movements in steering the toboggan. As long as he/she doesn’t make any really grave steering errors, the pilot experiences the run and the soundtrack of the guitar almost identically to a real run in the toboggan course’s ice channel. Different ways of steering give rise to individualized sounds.