Music is transformed by context, by instrumentation and space and setting. With amplified music, thinking about content alone isn’t enough. Visualists now work with projection mapping and lighting constructions and lasers and the like. It seems electronic musicians as a scene may benefit from thinking more about speakers.

We saw recently 4DSOUND, an immersive architectural installation. But that requires carrying around columns. Here’s a multichannel system you can tote along with you, like an umbrella. The results look like a prop from a post-apocalyptic Terry Gilliam movie; it’s sound as object.

pseudo multichannel personal autonomous sound installation with 10 panning spots
– 10 speakers
– optical relays
– arduino uno
– micro sd wav player

Practical? Perhaps not. But it’s a reminder that there are many unexpected ways to get sound to a listener.

The project is the work of Moscow-based “media-artist, musician and engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms” Dmitry Morozov. He has posted plans and full Arduino source code if you’d like to try this yourself.

And you can find a network of artists around Moscow doing this stuff:

::vtol:: “anywhere” from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.