Audiotron (2.5" x 2.5" x .5") was a wearable, battery-operated, sound-activated device, whose sixteen light emitting diodes (LED) flashed in a random response to sound. This was part of the Mykro Dot series of wearable electronic jewelry works designed and produced within the shadow of NYC's Flatiron Building from 1976 - 1987.
I had started by designing the Mykro Dot ("mikro" in Greek means small), a non-blinking LED pin in 1975. Actress Claudette Colbert wore a Mykro Dot to a party which was mentioned by Bob Colacello in Andy Warhol's
Encouraged I continued to make electronic and non-electronic wearable designs featuring
|| Some of these found their way to covers of fashion magazines Cosmo and Mademoiselle, boutiques, catalogs, and a fashion show of Giovanni de Moura's at Xenon off-Broadway
Actor Robin Williams bought the first batch of blinking LED stickpins in a Japanese restaurant on Columbus Avenue, New Year’s Eve 1983. I designed the larger sound-activated (see the microphone?) pin during that summer.
My good friend and accomplished photographer Rica Asaban struggled for hours to create this in-camera effect and unretouched photo in her West End Avenue studio.
Thank you, Rica!