Chris Van Raalte is a co-developer of The BodySynth and has been performing with it since it's inception. His goal since then has been to understand how to make "Art" out of the technology he helped to create: in other words, how to make the technology receed with respect to the performance.
Vicar and The BodySynth is the latest stage of this journy. It is a solo act of music and dance improvisation in a style that is eclectic both visually and musically. It is a blend of foot-stomping funk and blues, trance, comic weirdness and social comment. He often incorporates tap dance to add an acoustic "bottom" to the synthesized sounds of The BodySynth.
The device was originally conceived for stage performance. However, Mr. Van Raalte honed his street perfoming skills while entertaining the long lines waiting to visit The Future Zone on the 1996 WOMAD Tour. It remains the most successful format with which to entertain groups at museums, trade shows and public areas.
Other notable performers who have used The BodySynth include the renowned Performance Artist, Lori Anderson as well as local Performance Artist, Pamela Z.