They say creativity often comes from unusual sources. One Japanese DJ, Taku Takahashi, of M-flo fame, is the latest testament to this: after noticing that they looked a little like sound waves, he sampled and remixed a song based entirely on pubic hair.
How is this even possible?
Before we get to the “why”, let’s address the real question here: how exactly do you make music with hair? Well, rest easy – it’s not with a tiny, harp-like instrument. Essentially, Takahashi examined individual hairs, taking note of attributes such as length and curliness, and assigned each of them a unique sound, which he put together to make a song. Surprisingly, the finished track manages to be as catchy as it is unconventional.
According to JAMA Dermotology, 83.8% of American women regularly trim, but this number is far lower in Japan. Titled “In Motion”, the track was designed to bring the idea of personal grooming into the Japanese consciousness. Make no mistake, however: Takahashi knows how strange the project sounds, describing it as “crazy… in a good way”.
International reaction to “In Motion” has been understandably incredulous. Luckily, this is exactly what the company behind the stunt, Ningen Corporation, was hoping for. It has a history of making strange products that serve no real purpose, and claims its only real goal is to make people laugh.
So what do you think? Is this an inspired piece of art or just a weird thing from Japan? With almost 8000 plays on SoundCloud, 10,000 on YouTube, and who knows how many more on the Pubic Hair Grooving website, one thing is clear: some people don’t care how the music was made as long as it’s good.