kazuhiro yamanaka: sound cloud for saazs
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jan 23, 2012
kazuhiro yamanaka: sound cloud for saazs


‘sound cloud’ installation by kazuhiro yamanaka
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london-based designer kazuhiro yamanaka has created the ‘sound cloud’ a light-emitting quantum glass speaker system installation
for saazs ‘a glass house’ program. the structure is composed of five interactive monolithic glass panels, formed with the intention
of modelling the integration of innovative glass within architecture and design. the sound and light radiating from ‘sound cloud’ shift
in unison, their synchronization may be altered by the viewer as they adjust their aural and visual experience by means of
a touch-screen controller.

yamanaka aspired for the visitors to ‘be able to hear the sound move from one to another, jumping back and forth and echoing from the panels.’


‘sound cloud’ glass panels
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a sound module is attached to each panel. as it vibrates,
the three layers of glass move at a frequency, which creates optimum
sound quality. the sound for the installation was developed by the france-based sound designer, gling-glang. yamanaka and
gling-glang devised a soundscape by which ‘sound cloud’ visitors were able to sense the sculptural construction of the music in
walking through the installation’s glass-paneled pathway.


touch-screen controller
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installation view
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the glass is outfitted with a light-emitting system known
as ‘LED in glass’, invented by quantum glass.
through this technology, the panels become a source of light. the ‘sound cloud’ is illuminated as the LED bars are
fitted around the edge of the panel in order to direct beams of light through the edge of the
extra clear glass sheet.
as a result, light refraction occurs from the front side by means of a white enamel screen print on the opposite side.
yamanaka chose to slightly obscure the brightness of the glass sound system by creating a thin layer from millions of light dots,
culminating in a cloud-like shape.


detail of the glass panel
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kazuhiro yamanaka
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video of the installation
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sketch © kazuhiro yamanaka



sketch © kazuhiro yamanaka


sketch © kazuhiro yamanaka


sketch © kazuhiro yamanaka


sketch © kazuhiro yamanaka

the ‘sound cloud’ is on display until the 6th of april, 2012 at ‘a glass
house’ in paris, france. the lighting panel technology employed
in the creation of the installation is being further developed by
yamanaka and quantum glass in order to create a lighting glass speaker
panel controlled by the user’s ipod and is set to be presented at milan design week 2012.

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