Chinese designers, Chi Tat Chiu and Sungchul Yang have designed the Speaker Module to make the user feel like it’s a salt and pepper container. The unit comprises five speakers, and a base which works as a woofer and controller. Depending on your choice you can stack them together to look like one speaker or place each one individually. You can also rotate each part to let the sound spread all over.
“Blake, What I Like” is a music video directed by Paul Bryan Sovnger that has been shooting in the subway of Paris made with an Olympus i-SPEED 3.
“Notput” project invented by Jürgen Graef and Jonas Heuer is an interactive music table with tangible notes, that combines all three senses of hearing, sight and touch to make learning the classical notation of music for children and pupils more easy and interesting.
All basic clefs, note values and accidentals exist as single wood elements. Whole, half, quarter and eighth notes differ not only in their form, but also in their weight: Long note values are heavier than short ones.
Luke Jerram demonstrates that wind can create beauty with his last installation called “Aeolus.”
Inspired by traditional Aeolus harps, the “Aeolus” installation captures winds melody through its acoustic pavilion. It consists of a dome of tubes which, when the wind blows over them, create melodies similar to the way wind instruments do.
Lovingly constructed by Sydney-based designer Michael, the Misa guitar has 24 frets and a large multifunctional touchscreen, which you can use to interface with the appropriate software on your pc. It is an advanced type of MIDI controller that is powered by a 500MHz AMD Geode CPU and runs Linux under the hood, but don’t worry; you don’t need Linux to use the guitar . The Linux firmware code is open source, which allows programmers to modify it to their liking. While MIDI controllers and guitar-emulating synthesizers are nothing new to the music world, the Misa guitar is not your average key/knob/fader MIDI controller.
I am obsessed with digital guitar. But I also love electric guitar, and I have learned what it’s good at and what it’s capable of. Some of its most important qualities and characteristics stem from the very fact that the electric guitar is made out of wood and strings. A guitar string is “beautiful” – because the sound generated comes from the very vibration of the string, interfering with a magnetic flux and inducing an electric voltage, which is then amplified. Why would you want to emulate that? It is perfection. It is pure nature. It is in the analog domain. I did not intend the Misa digital guitar to replicate a traditional guitar.
Soyun Kim, Leah Thomas, Young Bang, and Hojin Choi, four women coming from totally different backgrounds have found themselves in a dynamic originality to created Vesta life headphones.
The Vestalife headphones have a smart design. The headphones are covered in a fabric “headband” that can be swapped out to match an outfit. The earbuds are made of fabric and have a leather insert so that you pull the earbuds out by the bud and not the cord. Will Vestalife headphones change the way men see women when they’re listening to music? Only time will tell.
Designed by the Japanese brand Nendo, Music Cage is a wireless speaker that allows you to listen to music from a computer or Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. Music Cage can be plugged into a wall socket or mounted on the ceiling.
Just when you despair for humanity (or perhaps the media version of ourselves), someone reminds us of the creative, uplifting, and inspirational potential of media technologies.
We believe that the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The fun theory.
The Box To Play phone from Japan’s KDDI AU Design Project introduces a new form factor for musical phones, as it transforms into a beautiful box shape, illuminated by a graphic equalizer on all four sides.
Aside from the sweet transformation and the graphical interface, the Box To Play also has a few other tricks up its sleeve. For one, the circular disk feature on its face allows you to act the DJ and scratch along to your favourite tunes.
Activision‘s newest music gaming experience will feature a new turntable controller and says DJ Hero will “transform players into DJs who rule the club scene by creating original mixes of popular songs and music from the world’s most exciting artists and DJs.” Genres include hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance.
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I fell in love with this fabulous video called “Work It Out” by artist RJD2 and directed by Joey Garfield. It is an interesting take on Live Urban Performance acts. Artist Bill Shannon, born with a congenital hip defect developed a way to express himself through dance and skateboarding on crutches.
Pentagram Architects partner James Biber has designed this home theater in Montauk New York, taking inspiration from Radio City Music Hall and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The home theater, which takes up 350 square feet in a 1,500-square-foot basement, had to have soundproofing and dimmable lights, and the client wanted seating on the floor.
The theater has a series of round arches, which house 600 five-watt dimmer-controlled light bulbs that provide a soft ambient light for when you need to find that elusive remote control. And as in the Music Hall, the lights are positioned to glow away from the viewers – because we all hate to have lights in our eyes when watching the big screen.
This gadget looks like a normal cassette tape on the outside but is actually an mp3 player. You can either use it as a uniquely old school shaped MP3 Player, or with any car cassette or cassette player to play MP3 Music. Still, this is one fun-looking gadget that combines retro style with modern technology.
The Concerto Table, designed by Nicholas Lovegrove and Demian Repucci, is not just a trendy piano-shaped dining table. The docking slot for your iPod will tranform the table into a dining surface and dinner party background music at once. Also, the shallow keyboard drawer along the front side opens to reveal your cutlery sets.
How will artists release their new albums? Since the arrival of digital music, we found many ways to exchange and stock our music. Alice Wang thought about what the consumers may need, and her audio sticks could be the packing and presentation of what we will buy in a few years. Each stick has the capacity of 70mb, the equivalent of 15 tracks. The audio system’s front panel acts as a stick rack while the top bit is an audio stick plug and play device. The tracks and the volume can be controlled by a slider located on the side.