Thursday, February 16, 2006

OTTO in the IDE Interim Show at the RCA

Madsounds and OTTO are now exhibited at the IDE Interim Show 2006 at the Royal College of Art.

From the show:

"Walls swinging, floors trembling, rain falling and ants walking; every object in our environment has a whisper that is often undetectable to the human ear. What if these sounds were audible? How would that change our aural awareness, perception of space and attitude towards objects? Would it make it possible to 'compose' our own soundtrack using our walls and objects as new forms of instruments?

Mad sounds is a proposal for a different appreciation of our environment, space and objects; by making it possible to identify, combine and manipulate these sounds.

We designed OTTO (greek for 'ear'); a device that makes hidden sounds audible. This is achieved via a thin polymer piezoelectric contact that senses weak vibrations and plays them as a sound through an integrated speaker. OTTO can be positioned on almost any surface through a combination of suction and magnets. By placing several units on different objects, one can select and create a new sonic experience and a form of ambient music appreciation, thereby utilising our space as a multidirectional audio platform."







Monday, February 13, 2006

OTTO 1.1 in service



and its name is... OTTO 1.1

We decided to name our device 'OTTO', which stands for 'ear' in greek. A prototype of OTTO, just out of the SLA rapid-prototype is illustrated below:


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Latest recordings

Some of the recordings to be used in the IDE Interim Show (sounds of the city, melting ice)