—– In collaboration with Louise Foo. —–

Color Play fosters synesthesia by
translating color to sound.


 

Arrange the colored wedges to create a tune.

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Turn the knob to spin the disk.

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Color is sensed and translated to musical pitch.

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In action:



~ MAKING COLORPLAY ~

 

Louise and I set out to explore the relationship between color and sound, and make something that would spark the same curiosity in others. After much research, we chose to map the 8 colors of the spectrum with the 8 notes of the major C scale. We decided to create a record player-like toy that would allow a user to compose sound by rearranging colored wedges. With extended play, the user begins to internalize this relationship and may experience mild synesthesia.

Below is a summary of the process of creating ColorPlay. We also blogged about our experience.


 

Sketches

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Paper Prototype

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Electronics

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Fabrication

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Fun

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Press

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CREATIVE BLOQ
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