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


‘the musical stepladders’ ready for a world tour



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

    Ron Smith says:

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