Soundwall adds audio dimension to works of art

These singing and talking canvases feature historic photography and unique art, but they don't come cheap.

Xiomara Blanco Associate Editor / Reviews - Tablets and monitors
Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.
Xiomara Blanco

The speakers behind the canvas can play your music via Wi-Fi. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

LAS VEGAS -- If you've ever wanted a piece of art to sing to you, it's your lucky day. Soundwall art pieces combine a unique visual and audio experience that's geared towards art and music aficionados.

The entire Soundwall canvas is a speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. The surface is the speaker and the internal speaker components sit behind it.

Using an auxiliary cord, you can also connect your smartphone. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

Art selection varies from original pieces to historic photographs, and each one includes unique audio additions from the artist themselves. Currently, there's a limited Bruce Springsteen print that features an exclusive audio interview from the photographer who took the photo, as well as a playlist of The Boss that he curated himself.

Soundwall equips each artifact with its own speaker technology and, though custom projects are possible, the available canvases are usually limited to what's on the website. Like most high-end art, Soundwall pieces don't come cheap -- prices on the current available canvases range from $3,500 to $6,000 (roughly £2,300 to £3,940, or AU$4,300 to AU$7,400).

Editor's note: The article has been edited to clarify that the entire canvas is one speaker, not hidden speakers as previously reported.

Check out CNET all of coverage's of the latest and greatest tech from CES 2015.

Wearables and the smart home dominate CES Unveiled

See all photos