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DESIGN: YURI SUZUKI'S SOUND OBSESSIONS

August 19, 2009

DESIGN: YURI SUZUKI

Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki approaches his craft with a unique set of tools. A Royal College of Art Masters graduate and former Berlin DJ, Yuri is interested in the physicality of music, and much of his experimental design plays with the ubiquitous concept of digital media. His first solo exhibition, The Physical Value of Sound, featured products like an oddball turntable with five tone arms [shown above] and a train-style record player that snakes along broken-record tracks, emitting random bits of music along the way. Yuri says these objects are meant to warn people of the dangers of collecting music through “virtual” formats such as MP3s.

We’re loving Yuri’s playfully kinetic work, with its emphasis on analog media. Be sure to check out these videos of Yuri’s designs in action, and don’t miss this clip of The Animatic, a Rube Goldberg-esque mechanical sculpture set to the Silicon Teens’ cover of Chuck Berry’s classic “Memphis Tennessee.”