yuri suzuki: soundscape workshop
 
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feb 18, 2011

yuri suzuki: soundscape workshop

‘doorbell #3’

japanese designer product designer and electronic music composer yuri suzuki, has recently spent a period working in stockholm. during this time in the nordic country, he conducted a soundscape workshop in which he asked participants to think about the noises that surround them.

Door Bell #3 from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.

‘one day I found a great kettle designed by richard sapper. the kettle’s beautiful sound plays the notes C and D and sounds like a small locomotive. inspired by this, I made a kettle of my own. a music kettle, which became part of the series ‘re-design sound scape’. as the kettle boils it whistles your favorite tune… I want to contribute to the design of daily domestic noises: alarms, mobile phones, a doorbell; I have the opinion that not enough that has been given to the noises they produce.’ – yuri suzuki

‘doorbell #2’

so in taking this experience, he decided to use the trite sound of a door bell as a starting point, conducting this workshop as a means of analyzing and suggesting alternatives to the generic soundscapes of everyday life that we often take for granted.

for the workshop, he designed a DIY door bell kit, in which people assembled brick style components to connect with actuators, to produce their favorite door bell sounds. ‘what effect would a whispering or moaning doorbell have? how would we interpret bird songs or the sound of barking dogs – as visitor or host? what happens if the first impression is disturbed by an unexpected sound? can the sound of a doorbell have an effect on the very notion of hospitality?‘ all participants were given the opportunity to produce a door bell of their own during the one-day exercise. materials for the doorbell development kit such as acrylic bock, solenoids, various actuators and switches were supplied.

this is a compilation of the results.

Door Bell #2 from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.

‘doorbell #1’

Door Bell #1 from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.

‘doorbell #4’

Door Bell #4 from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.

the doorbell kit

images of the workshop in progress:

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