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MoMA’s COSMO purifies water + powers summer music series

Calling all art lovers, music lovers and Earth lovers:

The MoMA PS1 gallery (dedicated to experimental art) now features an outdoor installation that mechanically uses plants and customized irrigation concepts to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, which, once purified, signals the device to glow at its center – providing pulsating light for Warm Up, the gallery’s summer concert series in Long Island City.


Designed by Andres Jacques/Office for Political Innovation, the concept was realized through the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, which spotlights emerging firms doing experimental work.

Learn more about the program and COSMO’s sustainable design in this article on azuremagazine.com



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Swings Bring Music to the Streets of Montreal

Every Spring, an interactive installation is placed in Montreal’s Quartier de Spectacles. This year, Canadian design group Daily Tous Les Jours brought music to the streets with 21 Balançoires (21 Swings). Designers Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat installed 21 Swings between a new music complex and science center, converting a narrow strip of land into an enormous interactive instrument. Pre-recorded sounds from a xylophone, piano, and other instruments were programmed into color-coded swings. When in use, the swings play various notes, however when swung in unison, more complex melodies and harmonies arise. An additional “secret mode” was programmed to only play when all 21 swings are in use.

Like Daily Tous Jours used swings to make music, we used music to make carpet! Learn more about our sound-inspired collection, The Music Project.

Musical Light Swings on the Streets of Montreal

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Photos: Colossal

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Making Music on Any Surface

Ever wonder what kind of music you could create by tapping on a tree? Mogees is a project that uses microphones and turns any surface into a musical instrument, associating different movements with different sounds. This means those finger taps on your desk can be transformed into your own little concert.

Users can plug in a contact micro phone to any surface – from a balloon to a bus stop – and record any type of touch that causes a sound. The Mogees software will recognize what type of sound is associated with which touch, as well as changing key when the same touch is placed on different areas of the surface.

“Mogees currently uses two audio synthesis techniques — the first is physical modelling, which consists of generating the sound by simulating the propagation of the sound wave through different physical materials such as strings, membranes, or tubes using a piece of software called Modalys. The second technique is mosaicing, where the user loads a sound folder and then the audio coming form the contact microphone is analysed and the software looks for the closest segment within the sound folder. So if a sound folder of voices is loaded, touching the surface gently would provoke a whispering while scratching it will cause a sound similar to screaming voices,” says Wired.co.uk

Like we researched in our collection, The Music Project, what would the sounds coming off those surfaces look like? Could making music off any object create a new design inspiration?


Mogees – Gesture recognition with contact-microphones from bruno zamborlin on Vimeo.


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