Yuri Suzuki’s Phonograph Globes, Flame Organs, Theremin Radios

 Yuri Suzuki is an English artist/designer/inventor who has been making some really remarkable objects. They’re not really “art” in a traditional sense, but they’re not products or inventions that would ever be used by The People, nor are they simple design ideas. What they are, is amazing–phonograph globes, flame organs, theremin radios. Yuri is also a big supporter of the DIY community, so if you’re wondering how to make any of his objects, he has instructions for most of them on his website. Suzuki’s is a very special brain. Check out videos of his objects in action after the jump! ( via )

( All below text by Yuri Suzuki)

The Sound OF Earth 

The Sound of the Earth is a content of Yuri Suzuki`s spherical record project, the grooves representing the outlines of the geographic land mass.  Each country on the disc is engraved with a different sound, as the needle passes over it plays field recordings collected by Yuri Suzuki from around the world over the course of four years;
traditional folk music, national anthems, popular music and spoken word broadcasts.

THE SOUND OF EARTH BY YURI SUZUKI from Alice Masters on Vimeo.

6 Rubens Tubes Visualizer

in collaboration with Mathew Kneebone

also known as a standing wave flame tube, or simply flame tube, is an antique physics apparatus for demonstrating acoustic standing waves in a tube. Invented by German physicist Heinrich Rubens in 1905, it graphically shows the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure, like a primitive oscilloscope.  Today it is only used occasionally, as a demonstration in physics education.

6 Rubens Tube from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.

Tube Map Radio

The map is inspired by a spoof diagram created by the original designer of the London Tube map, Harry Beck, which shows the lines and stations as an annotated electrical circuit. Iconic landmarks on this map are represented by components relating to their functions, including a speaker where Speaker’s Corner sits and a battery representing Battersea Power Station.

Wanted to make the components visible because “it is difficult for consumers to understand the complexity of the workings behind the exterior” of today’s electronic devices. By creating a “narrative to explain how electronics work,” hopes users will be encouraged to fix their own broken devices.

Designers in Residence 2012: Yuri Suzuki from Design Museum on Vimeo.

Barcode Book

Barcode Book tells a story through illustrations made with barcodes.

Sound is played using a barcode reader, connected to a speaker. this project is technically based on 80’s old texas instruments toy’magic wand reader’. A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products. Usually barcodes represent data in the widths (lines) and the spacings of parallel lines. they also come in patterns of squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns. Applies an ‘audio barcode’, a technology that allows data such as text information to be carried and transmitted on sound waves in the audible range (music and spoken word). barcodes appear frequently in advertisements and magazines, and allow
users to access related websites by scanning these figures with mobile phone cameras.
audio barcode represents and transmits data in a similar way. data embedded in sound
waves are picked up by target devices with a microphone, analyzed by special software,
and then extracted. data to be transmitted is embedded by acoustic OFDM (the technology behind audio barcode).

Barcode Book 2010 from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.

Three Radio Theremin

Originally developed by Tomoya Yamamoto (Reference : Yamamoto Super Theremin)
Additional Development by Yuri Suzuki

For exhibition “Object Abuse” KK Outlet, London

Tuning three different frequency on radios turn into musical instruments.

Three Radio Theremin from Yuri Suzuki on Vimeo.


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