Stepping Out of the Slate
Proposal for new music devices that work in symbiosis with smartphone apps.
When you listen to your favorite music, when you want a little sweet background music before going to bed, when you wish to play relaxing background music, or when you are playing the guitar and want an accompaniment to set the tempo - how would you like to start the music playing?
Like a record player（turntable).
Works with smartphones. Or rather, the smartphone screen works as a kind of magic record. Place the stylus on it and it starts playing.
To change the song, you can change the album by swiping, and you can also reposition the stylus.
The step of carefully placing the stylus on to the record will bring back the nostalgia as well as the solemn respect to the music you are about to play.
A key, dedicated to just one song, like a music box.
When the key is wound up, the song from the connected smartphone begins to play.
Sound movements are generated according to the flutter of the spring, allowing you to enjoy the unique sound texture.
The joy of interacting with the clockwork object may lead to a more intimate musical experience.
Listen to music as you gaze into a candle flame.
Light up a candle to start music playing from your smartphone.
The sound wavers subtly with the flickering of the flame, and when the flame goes out, the music fades away with an afterglow.
Like listening to a song around a bonfire, the flame flickers in unison with the sound, creating a rich atmosphere.
This is an evolutionary form of metronome that supports your performance with rhythm.
Each of these four small robots play a unique acoustic sound.
They can be linked to your smartphone to play rhythms to the tempo you are playing, and they can even join in and accompany you in real-time.
Creating a rhythm through a session-like style is a great way to enhance the experience of playing music.
In recent years, thanks to advances in information technology, new music experiences and music accessories are now offered by various smartphone applications. While these services are widely accepted for their convenience and are replacing traditional devices, we believe there is still a longing for more substantive and tactile interaction that cannot be achieved with touch panel operation.
Through the design of musical instruments and audio equipment, Yamaha designers are well aware of the experiential value that substantive and tactile interaction can create such as joy, beauty, discovery, and confidence. Therefore, hypothesizing on the latent desire for optimal interaction, we studied the feasibility of a new functional beauty that deepens the true experiential value while coexisting with the convenience of evolving IT technology by re-introducing the optimal parts of equipment that have lost their physical presence due to the shift to GUI.
All prototypes are built to work and can be tested and evaluated for their actual use.