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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)