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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Wire Act  
  A person with special hardware modifications that allow him or her to create music by bodily movement.  

NewHope hit the stage. A wire act...

The wires jacked into NewHope's arms and legs and torso fed to impulse-translation pickups on the stage floor, making him look like a puppet with its strings inverted. But he was the puppeteer. The long, funereal wails peeling from hidden speakers were triggered by the muscular contractions of his arms and legs and torso... You could make out the melody, the tune shaped by his dancing, and it had a shade more complexity...

From Freezone, by John Shirley.
Published by Eclipse in 1985
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A unique take on this general idea can be seen in the coley group - a creation of John Brunner's in his 1975 novel Shockwave Rider.

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