Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
While other designers busy themselves with what cities look like, designer Akko Goldenbeld is more interested in finding out what they sound like. As a student at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Goldenbeld began studying noise and silence in public space.
“I was recording a lot of sounds in the city, but I couldn’t grasp the whole city,” Goldenbeld says. “I finally got inspired by the small music boxes with pins in them.” A music-box restorer advised that a cylindrical model of Eindhoven couldn’t be made at such a tiny scale, so Goldenbeld decided to scale his idea up.
Pianola Citymusic, which the designer describes as “a piano with a cylinder with a city model on it,” was the result. After debuting Citymusic as his 2010 graduation project, Goldenbeld has, once again, aimed his sights even higher. “It would be most interesting having concerts with cities all over the world,” he says. “I am also curious if there are cultural differences hearable between cities.”