Artist Abinadi Meza has created a remixed composition of the “lighthearted” sounds of the movie Jaws (think drunken sailor sounds and off-key clarinet blasts), into a piece that wlll only be played underwater. To hear the output of the submerged speakers, you have to strip to your skivvies and float in the ocean. Title: Soft Jaws. Details of the project plus an MP3 for landlubbers are available from PS122 Gallery’s Artwurl zine. Speaking of this, have any of you experimented with underwater speaker placement? (or simulating it digitally?)
How do you get a group of people in Milan to lounge atop, cuddle with, and hump a bunch of soft cone-shaped blobs? Easy: feed a channel of synthetically-generated music to each blob so, as they rock and move, soothing interactive music fills the air. The result, says visitors, ranges from "very comfortable" to "very erotic." But everyone from kids to adults looks like they're having a laugh riot — the sign of a very successful installation. The Sonic Garden has video and photos, though not many construction details. (via Ektopia)
Here in the blogosphere, we only care about up-to-the-minute technology, right? On the contrary. We still find these talking balloons pretty damn cool. (via a huge post on the MIT Media Lab from Make:blog — go ahead, waste the rest of the afternoon) State-of-the-art 1995 technology, so get cracking: a piezo sensor mounted to the front face of the balloon lets the ballon's aluminized mylar body act as both microphone and speaker. In layman's terms: the balloons can talk to each other. (Don't say "I invented talking baloons" and expect to get far in academia, though. The proper term, as …
Want speakers that are even more compact? Why not just build them when you need them? NYC Japanese importer Compact-Impact has US$45 collapsible build-on-demand speakers that measure just 3" cube and weigh only 225g, thanks to popypropylene and, you know, cardboard. They're passive, 2 watts (that's right, two) so don't expect much sound. But maybe you should consider making miniature mixes just for them?
From French-language site Akihabara News: what's a pair of speakers without a nice megaphone on top? I like it, and it looks like it may well be connected to the actual speaker, but this is only a start: can it rotate, too, like a giant Leslie cabinet without the cabinet?
Yes, it's an award-winning piece of interactive installation art, but we're keyboardists here: it's also the world's largest, fastest, most terrifying Leslie rotary cabinet. Spatial Sounds scans the space for visitors, then spins up to 100 km/h in a circle, varying speed and direction. Understatement from the artist: "Closer investigation would be tempting fate, with the rotating arm swinging so powerfully round . . . You can feel the displacement of air as the speaker whizzes past you, and you had better step back, out of reach." Indeed. The effect is apparently a bit more subtle than just a spinning …
Urban Spy has the scoop on new PVC pipe speakers from aptly-named Acoustical Art, hand-crafted and just $2500/pair as shown. Spectacularly gorgeous, and the designer has acoustic engineering cred, making this the "beautiful thing we can't afford" of the week. But upwardly mobile readers, please give them a shot.