Design student reimagines the mundane noises that shape our days as an ever-changing, personalized soundtrack to our lives.
What would the soundtrack of your day-to-day life sound like? Sounds of a subway train screeching to a halt, a baby crying, or the whir of a food processor? Tokyo-based design student Jun Fujiwara’s the Re: Sound Bottle captures everyday noises, remixing the various sounds into a different song every time the bottle is opened. The one-off concept hides a recording device within an opaque bottle; the recording device is turned ‘on’ and ‘off’ when the cork of the bottle is removed or capped.
When the cork is removed, the bottle starts recording, indicating it’s capturing sounds by a series of flashing lights. Users can record any variety of sounds, choosing to directly speak into the bottle or capture ambient sounds around them. When the bottle is recorked, the sounds are saved and stored for later playback; after the bottle has captured enough sounds, uncorking the bottle results in an ever-changing, remixed song based on all of the various noises. Shaking the bottle or recorking it pauses and changes the song, as if the user is skipping tracks on a MP3 player.
Fujiwara’s the Re: Sound Bottle reimagines everyday interaction with the noises around us, turning them into an auditory record of our day. Instead of passively listening, and not paying attention, to the mundane noises around us, Fujiwara transforms listening into an interactive experience:
I felt something missing in the habitual use of music reproduction media, so I thought to create an interactive music medium that changes. By using everyday voices as sources of music, the sounds that are heard all the time every day carry infinite possibilities and help us reaffirm the enjoyment of music. I hope people can experience their own music.
Watch the Re: Sound Bottle in action below: