ECHO, ECHO, ECHO
Music has the ability to touch us and transport us to another dimension. Now, imagine if you engage even deeper with music. Immerse yourself completely into your favorite soundscapes and actually interact and influence the sounds. Change the deepness of the bass. Mute the hihat ever so slightly. Match the right texture with a specific sound.
With her project, ECHO, Visual Designer, Tessa Spierings invites us to do just that through appealing to our sense of touch, sight as well as hearing.
ECHO encourages the sensory fetishists amongst us to to combine material and melody. By stacking and moving the tubes from one speaker to another, several sound layers can be created. Doing this gives each sound its own character. By assigning only one instrument per speaker and modifying that sound by hand, the installation gives rise to a playful sound system and spectacle in one. The performer is a composer, musician and designer at the same time.
Six 3D-printed speakers serve as the basis for a diverse set of tubes. Connect a tube and a specific sound starts to play. Wood creates a deeper tone, brass makes it purer, and foam has a muffling effect. Variations in length and width allow the composer to finetune his or her masterpiece.
Spierings explains that, for her, this is only the beginning:
“It’s a growing library of materials and sounds. As a hands-on explorer I create various archives to work with. It can be a library of color samples, material research or paper models. To translate my thoughts into a matter, I prefer to work on a small scale. Color plays an important role in my design work.”
Spierings graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018. Currently she is studying Communication Design MA at ESAD, Porto. We will certainly be following her closely and will jump at the first chance to collaborate. In the meantime, we’ll be saving up to purchase ECHO as the conversation piece in the entrance of our Amsterdam HQ.