Commentary would spoil the video above, but to me it’s a reminder of the power of theater in all we do with technology and musical objects.

The arrangement includes six exceptional exhibits from the world of sounds and acoustics. At first sight looking trivial, each object incorporates a very unique ability.

The magical character of each object is accompanied with a little story, almost completely concealing the existence of technical components such as speakers or sensors. Only small connection ports as well as the uniform black finishing point to thier unusual abilities.

In form and functionalty all these exhibits pursue John Maeda’s „Simplicity“. They are enjoying to use, they are surprising and one wants to explore and investigate them.

The designs are a project by Georg Reil and Kathy Scheuring, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt. Built with Processing and Arduino (naturally).

One of the featured objects, courtesy the artists.More Flickr images.
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    When I saw that shoe I thought we were on hypebeast.

  • Lawrie

    Wow, I really like these – especially the coffee grinder and the bucket. Beatuiful.

  • Justin Reed

    So clever and wonderful…these objects are like movie curiosities come to life!
    Love the histories and the aesthetic…so good :)

    the bucket spilling out in chord…fantastic.

    what do we think's running the show? Maxmsp?

    thanks for sharing


  • sb

    "Built with Processing and Arduino…"

    Excellent concept.

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  • rhowaldt

    great stuff. thank you for this.

  • Jonathan

    This is so fun!

    Thanks for posting :)

  • Darren Landrum

    Okay, the coffee grinder is pretty cool. :)

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    Awesome! The coffee grinder and bucket… Wow! :-)

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  • karmen

    Lovely work, but don't forget the Audio Shaker (2004) by Hauenstein and Jenkins…

  • It-Alien

    the bucket is really great, but all of the items are really ingeniuos