Volcanic Ash Keyboards Imagine Technology From The Distant Past [Pics]

Pharrell Williams and artist Daniel Arsham collaborate to create a set of fossilized instruments.

American artist and sculptor Daniel Arsham has teamed up with musician, fashion designer and producer Pharrell Williams to create a series of sculptural keyboards that resemble fossils more than they do musical instruments.

The fossilized re-creations are based off the design of the 1980s Casio MT-500 keyboard and drumkit, the very first instrument Pharrell ever made music on. Arsham modelled the keyboards using a mix of geological materials such as volcanic ash, crystal, and steel, resulting in their archaic experience.

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Unveiled at an exhibition and event hosted at Standard East Village in New York on September 11th, 2013, the instruments are unlike any others. The celebration also included a tactile, interactive experience, where guests could handle the objects with white gloves – as if handling a delicate relic from the past.

Click through the gallery below to see more images of these faux relics.

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