Yamaha and ÉCAL students create sound machines


Students from the Swiss design school ÉCAL have worked alongside Yamaha to create a series of experimental music players that better meet today’s demands. Each of the six designs are the result of rigorous research into how we interact with music today and deliver an enhanced experience through their shape and technology.

Working alongside Yamaha’s design lab, each of the students – Charlotta Åman, Jisan Chung, Silvio Rebholz, Till Ronacher, Jonas Villiger and Ka Yin Cheung – realized their concepts in a prototype phase. On the occasion of Milan Design Week, all are on display in an exhibition by Swiss designer Anthony Guex against a backdrop of thick yellow velvet curtains.

Given the lack of live music during the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, Till Ronacher’s “Stagespeaker” allows users to create live concerts at home using a combination of sound and light to mimic a real environment. together on a small scale. Jisan Chung’s wood and fabric “Sound Frame” is triggered to play different tracks based on objects placed on it, while Jonas Villiger’s “Vertical Player” elevates the turntable to a standing position in an effort to highlight value the beauty of vinyl records.

The ASMR experience influenced a set of instruments designed by Ka Yin Cheung, which play relaxing sounds while moving in slow, smooth motions. Charlotta Åman has used his “Bandmait” design as an aid for those learning a musical instrument, and Silvio Rebholz has created a retro speaker named “Spazio” that connects all home audio outputs into one device.

All the prototypes are currently on display until June 12 in Milan, as part of the city’s design festival. Nearby, Louis Vuitton is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Objets Nomades collection at the Garage Traversi. Check out our list of other must-see exhibitions and installations here.

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