menu
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
Subscribe to get a daily digest of new ideas and discoveries and to find out about upcoming events

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

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

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

Ross Brooks

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.

pharrell-williams-daniel-arsham-keyboards-4

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.

Daniel Arsham

{{post.author_display_name}}
  • {{post.date_formated}}
{{post.author_display_name}}
  • {{post.date_formated}}
Read More Tap to Expand
PSFK Writer {{post.author_display_name}}
  • {{post.date_formated}}
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
TREND REPORT

PSFK Labs Presents
The Future of Connected Life

Live Work Play Better:
The New Consumer and Their Journey to Effectiveness, Balance & Personal Growth