And does it in a rather thought-provoking way that asks profound questions about the fundamental nature of sound. Deaf artist Christine Sun Kim examines the physical aspects of our favorite medium to make it more inclusive to everyone – including people who can’t actually hear it.
- is one of the cleverest pieces of experimental sound design we’ve laid our ears on for quite some time. By performing the seemingly simple act of rubbing leaves against a turntable, composer and sound designer Diego Stocco creates overwhelmingly delectable ear candy that makes turntable wizkids like Kid Koala seem like musical conservatives in comparison.
More mindblowing stuff from the world of experimental sound design. j.viewz has made it his mission to play one of Massive Attack’s most enduring hits on an aubergine, some strawberries and a carrot. A mission that he succeeds in completing with flying, fruity colours.
- is not the title of ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist john Frusciante’s latest solo album. It’s actually a sound experiment that makes water flow in awe-inducing shapes and patterns. Click play on the video and prepare to be delighted.
Pieter-Jan Pieters formerly affilliated with our friends at Teenage Engineering and currently doing the rounds on Tedx just sent us his latest project, which aims to commercialize a series of devices (midi-controllers) that work on movement, drawing, heartbeat, and other analog gestures. It’s utterly arresting and right up our alley.
Yes, that’s a promise we’re prepared to make even though the documentary hasn’t even been released yet. How did we work up the nerve to posit such a bold claim in the face of potential ridiculing from the legions of nerds who will no doubt have irreconcilable opinions on this topic? Well, for starters because Ghostly International’s Jason Amm AKA Solvent produced and co-wrote the damn thing. And when the list of interviewees reads: John Foxx, Vince Clarke (Erasure), Daniel Miller (Mute), Carl Craig, James Holden, Trent Reznor, Dominic Butler (Factory Floor), Legowelt, Chris Carter, John Tejada, and Gary Numan, you know you’ve struck solid gold.
As it turns out, scientific inquiry into sound doesn’t only have an impact on our ears. It can also be extremely easy on the eye as these photos from the audio chambers at the Technical University of Denmark are a stunning testament to.
A funny, ingenious masterstroke that made me smile. This very nerdy and curious remix of The Animals' 'House Of The Rising Sun' is one of the most spectacular and coolest covers I’ve heard so far.
By plotting the volume of sound waves on a frequency time graph, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, turned sound into a physical, 3D chair. After creating and testing 719 different sounds and transforming them into shapes, Plummer-Fernandez achieved his final design. He says, “The aesthetic of sound waves becomes the aesthetic of the chair. The result is a product with dual existence as both a ‘sound’ and a ‘chair’.”
Here's a mesmerizing installation that invites visitors to draw on a disc with a felt tip pen, which is then translated into a musical sequence to rather startling effects.
If any and all objects could be used as a musical instrument what would you choose to rock the world with? A Ninja Turtles action figure? A slice of Roquefort cheese? That may sound a bit weird, but it’s actually a very real possibility as interaction designer Dennis P Paul has created this amazing contraption that scans surfaces of objects and transforms them into audible, rhythmic frequencies.
One of the coolest object I’ve seen in 2013 so far is this. Re: Sound Bottle is an automatic remixing object that can record all given sounds and then automatically remix them into a music beat. Just pull the cork off the bottle, make or find some sounds to record, and this magical little bottle turns it into music!