Coming to a London street near you! AIAIAI and acclaimed Japanese sound artist, Yuri Suzuki, have realized an ambitious design- and sound art project involving an eye-catching 'Sound Taxi' that records the surrounding noise of London and turns it into music. The Taxi is driving around London now and livestreaming from the entire trip!
MAKE THE CITY SOUND BETTER is the determined name of the campaign for our latest headphone-release, the Capital, which we designed for the on-the-go urbanite. Striving to back up words with action and break new sonic territory, we teamed up with London-based sound artist Yuri Suzuki and his crew of innovative creatives in the efforts to engage in an ambitious, design- and sound project that very literally delivers on the campaign’s motivated promise: to make the city sound better.
The Sound Taxi
The Sound Taxi is equipped with microphones that record its surrounding noise. As it makes it’s way through the streets of London, a specially designed software program inside the vehicle converts the noise into unique music in real-time.
Passers-by will hear the music via the 67 speakers built into the entire car body and the big, shiny Indian horns mounted on top of the taxi’s roof. Finally, the passengers of the sound taxi can tune-in to the converted sounds via headphones installed inside of the vehicle.
As an added bonus, the noise converted into music during a particular trip from A to B will be recorded, uploaded to Soundcloud, and featured on the MAKE THE CITY SOUND BETTER microsite.
Win a Ride on the Sound Taxi!
To win a ride on the AIAIAI x Yuri Suzuki sound taxi and get a pair of CAPITAL headphones you can A) Go to our Facebook and tell us which London noise you think is the most annoying in the comment below the MAKE THE CITY SOUND BETTER update.
[i]Update: Competition is Now Closed
B) Tell us via Twitter (@AIAIAItweet) and hashtag it #makethecitysoundbetter.
Or C) take an Instagram picture of your most annoying London sound and use the same hashtag.
Find the Sound Taxi in the Covent Garden and Seven Dials area on the 21st and 22nd of September. It's today and tomorrow, people!
Go to www.makethecitysoundbetter.com to watch the livestream from Sound Taxi. We're currently live!