Artist Jun Fukiwara has created a bottle that captures everyday sound and turns it into music. It is so amazing and beautiful.
To record a sound, you uncap the bottle and to stop, you cork it again. Using hand motions, you can record, save, play and delete.
I love how the aim of this was to bring joy through easily creating music from relatively mundane sound. It draws our attention to an audio-scape that we tune out when we’re having conversations or in a rush.
This could have been another white device that you fit into your pocket and plug into headphones, instead, Jun Fukiwara has created a shared interactive experience through the sound bottle.
To record sounds, there’s a big physical action of uncorking a bottle, you don’t press a button then shove something into your pocket. This is a very visible and fun recording device, it isn’t intimidating, and in the second video, you can see that people really get into it within seconds of interacting with it.
I like that you have to put the bottle upright and uncork it to listen to the music. It’s like you can see the sounds escaping upward and around the bottle.
Who doesn’t love a little instant gratification? Creating a song made of sounds you’ve just recorded is a freaking delight.
“It is a work which everyone can operate automatically by having taken in natural behaviour of people to the interface. And the point of re: sound bottle is of having given the user pleasure of beginning to make music by oneself is more wonderful than anything (sic).” – Jun Fukiwara
I hope this brings a little bit of sound-shine into your day. And maybe until re: sound bottle is available to the public, we cn start recording audio with our phones and mixing it at home.