Exhibited Works

DESIGN RECIPE

Assort
Steinberg USB Controller CMC Series (2011)

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1. Gather interfaces be in used very often from software GUI.
2. Then arrange them to be assorted on the elaborated Platform.

The CMC series is modular controller system for Cubase (a music production software). Consisting of six unique USB controllers, this system allows the player to make up his/her ideal environment from the various control options — along with flexibility and ease of use.

Drawing
Ripple A sound device prototype (2013)

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Draw the action of sound spreading from a point to far like a child may do. Then install it into the air to be felt as a landscape.

A design study for creating a new category of sound device.Free from thinking typical instruments, the project focuses on the primitive sound phenomenon, and intends to be a space. The chain of the sound affects the sense of the listener and promotes the behavior — like landscape.

Face & Taper
Horizontal Free Keyboard Concept Prototype (2013)

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  • [ Image ] Face & Taper

Identify each single element, find the material that matches each one, and juxtapose them in the most reasonable way. Then face toward the audience and taper the whole shape.

A keyboard which enables to tilt from a top flat surface to a diving one provides several layers of expression and stimulates the creativity.It stands up on the border between versatility and emotion by its shape, the choice of the materials and its configurations

Fill
A pair of Keyboard stands Prototype (2013)

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Fill hollow or delicate frame objects to emphasis their substantial and stability.

A monolith doesn’t need any stabilizer to be upright; it stands by its own weight. Exchange the fragile structure underneath a keyboard by two independent solid wood pieces that will firmly connect it to the ground.

Garnish a cropped contour line
Yamaha Silent Violin™ SV100 (1997)

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  • [ Image ] Garnish a cropped contour line

1. Find out the interface between the player's body and the object then extract its minimal structure.
2. Elaborate its shape by developing this minimal structure.

The Silent Violin is an electric violin designed for quiet practice in order not to disturb surrounding people. It has a customized digital sound processor that allows the player to perform with a natural sound reverb through a pair of headphones. Some successors are available on the market due to the concept success.

Integrate into a mono form
An electric violin Prototype (2013)

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  • [ Image ] Integrate into a mono form
  • [ Image ] Integrate into a mono form

1. Find out the interface between the player’s body and the object then extract its minimal structure.
2. Elaborate its shape by developing this minimal structure.

One of the design studies for a future electric violin. The electric violins are still seen as "experimental" instruments, being less established than electric guitar or bass. But their sound is often preferred in alternative rock, pop, and some avant-garde genres. This project was aimed to find a distinctive design which represents such transboundary music genres, also which inspires the artists.

Locate & Crop
Yamaha Tone Generator TQ5 (1989)

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1. Arrange all the interface elements logically and align them sparsely.
2. Then located them toward the player, while crop the body along the area to place it.

The TQ5 is an external unit of tone generator and a music sequencer. It was designed particularly for electronic pianos to enhance their playability.After placing it on the left side of an electronic piano music desk, its unusual form was extracted.

Mash Up
Guitar stand stool Prototype (2010)

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Give two modes to a single substance. Mash up.

One of the design study for creating a new category positioned somewhere in between musical instrument and furniture.A guitar stand becomes a guitar stool, vice versa.

Maximum Subtraction
Yamaha Wind MIDI Controller WX7 (1987)

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  • [ Image ] Maximum Subtraction

1. Find out the interface between the player's body and the object from the original wind instrument in order to extract its minimum structure.
2. Then subtract unnecessary parts totally.

The WX7 is a wind instrument capable of controlling MIDI devices (music synthesizers, tone generators, music software, and so on). So it can sound like almost anything depending on the capabilities of the connected MIDI devices.It is played and fingered like a wood wind instrument such as a saxophone or a recorder.

Quantize
Yamaha TENORION™ TNR-W(2008)

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1. Reconfigure system & interface of the traditional music sequencer.
2. Then quantize and array to be a tactile display.

The TENORI-ON is an electronic musical instrument designed and created in collaboration with the Japanese artist Toshio Iwai.It consists of a hand-held screen of 16 by 16 grid of LED switches. Each of these switches may be activated in a number of different ways to create sounds.

Reframe
Portable Personal Guitar Prototype (2013)

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1. Find respectable elements from a guitar.
2. Then recompose them to be in a rectangular shape.

A design study aiming to create new occasions to play with an acoustic musical instrument.The instrument form evokes the travel and is convenient to put in a conventional bag.The player feels a rich sound vibration by the acoustic design. The sound is not so loud due to the size, but it allows to perform anywhere at anytime.

Squash
Sound as memory A shaker prototype (2013)

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  • [ Image ] Squash
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Feed the contents into the pipe.Then squash both ends to seal your experience.

Experience the making of your own shaker. Once squashed, the contents are invisible from outside, but when you play with it, you will playback your memory of inside.

Stencil
Prototype based on Yamaha Desk top Audio TSX-112 (2011)

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1. Create a graphic material from the musicality of a sound context.
2. Then paste it and shape it by using the graphic patterns.

A design study for finding what is the design synchronizing in modern music culture.In collaboration with the British graphic designer Neville Broody.

Tilt
Musician's Mirror Prototype (2010)

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Find an object, then tilt it to shift dimension in order to get new perspectives.

One of the design study for creating a new category positioned somewhere in between musical instrument and furniture.The object provides to the player a view of an imaginary audience.

Treble
Wide wide music stand Prototype (2010)

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Find an object. Then treble (make object three times wider).

One of the design study for creating a new category positioned somewhere in between musical instrument and furniture.The design enables to spread six sheets of music score and also may allow playing more pleasantly.

Wrap & blur
A Bluetooth speaker Prototype (2013)

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  • [ Image ] Wrap & blur
  • [ Image ] Wrap & blur
  • [ Image ] Wrap & blur

Find an object. Wrap it with a soft and permeable material to blur the boundary between the object and the space.

A design study to reconsider the relation between the speaker and the listener.The low presence design may be appropriate for “listening while working” style.