nervous squirrel records audio clips into the musical stepladders nervous squirrel records audio clips into the musical stepladders
apr 22, 2014

nervous squirrel records audio clips into the musical stepladders

nervous squirrel records audio clips into the musical stepladders
all images courtesy of nervous squirrel

 

 

 

british designer david cranmer of nervous squirrel has produced ‘the musical stepladders’, another combined sound and technology project. each ladder contains four lo-fi sampler circuits, which are activated by spring-mounted steps. a selection of various audio clips can be recorded into them at around five seconds per piece, forming a playful harmony between the two. the installation becomes a musical chorus as people traverse up and down, transforming the action of climbing up to reach something into an interactive performance. 

 

 


‘the musical stepladder’
video courtesy of thenervoussquirrel

 


the ladders viewed from another ladder

 


the control panels

 


detail view of the tread-plate steps

 


closeup of spring / switch mechanism

 

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‘the musical stepladders’ ready for a world tour

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Wow. This is serious stuff and they seem to be having so much fun doing it.

    Ron Smith says:

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