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Yuri Suzuki Map

Yuri Suzuki Map

A sound artist, designer and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki, who once moved to London to study Design Products at the Royal College of Art, collaborated with Yamaha and today you can see his music installations and instruments at the major world expositions including those which take place at Tate and MoMa as well as London Design Festival. Garden of Russolo (2013), Jelly Fish Theremin (2004), music glove The Sound of the Earth (2012), radio circuit in the layout of the London Tube Map - Tube Map Radio (2012) are the most prominent creations of the designer. We’ll talk about some of the mysterious sound producing things ever made by Yuri Suzuki.

Global Synthesizer by Yuri SuzukiMIDI allows assigning controllers and Yuri Suzuki allows assigning modules to countries. Together with Moog and within his Global Synthesizer project he created an interactive Global Modular which lets us know how a double-decker would sound in a cave, for example, because it can mix up to 80 sounds specific to each of the 40 “sampled” countries. The installation offers 30 samplers, 10 reverbs, 5 sequencers and 4 semi-modular synthesizers shaped into the continents forming the world map. A selector button which reminds of a compass lets us set the home sound's location.

Suzuki has already created something similar. It was The Sound of the Earth: as a needle passed over the vinyl globe it played the grooves cut into the sphere turning them into sounds (much like a classic vinyl record player). The whole “journey” takes about 30 minutes. Yuri defined locations on the earth with the help of geographic coordinate system (GCS) using a three-dimensional spherical surface.

Suzuki also created something which was not related to the Earth. In cooperation with Tomoya Yamamoto he re-created a theremin and called the construction Three Radio Theremin. He was smart enough to put 3 radios together making a magical slightly capricious instrument out of them.

Published: 15:49 20.08.2016
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