Uncork ambient music and beats with Sound Bottle

This prototype can record and mix sounds around you while drawing on a database of funky beats.

Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET

If you wanted to send a message in a bottle , what would you put in it? A letter? A map? How about sound itself?

It doesn't look like this sound generator from Japan would fare well if cast into the Pacific, but it's a neat way to create music from the sounds in your everyday environment.

Created by Jun Fujiwara of Tama Art University, the LED-lit Re: Sound Bottle mixes programmed beats with samples you record.

Simply uncork, capture sounds around you, and it will play them back with a rhythm track. Check it out in the video below.

"I felt something missing in the habitual use of music reproduction media, so I thought to create an interactive music medium that changes," Fujiwara writes.

Re: Sound Bottle was inspired by bottles that play music when their stoppers are removed, created by Hiroshi Ishii of MIT's Media Lab.

Both devices lend a touch of some old physicality and analog interactivity to music recording and listening. It's a tad more fun than tapping a touch screen or pushing a few buttons.

Fujiwara's bottle won the Naoki Sakai Prize in the 2012 Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Awards.

The project is just a prototype for now, but it would make a neat living room conversation piece.

Make it watertight and it would be a perfect message in a bottle.

Re: Sound Bottle from Jun Fujiwara on Vimeo.

(Via The Verge)


Discuss Uncork ambient music and beats with Sound...

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Articles from CNET
Spotify vs. Apple Music: Is there a difference in sound quality?