What is it?
This idea is taking place on the bus. It consists of a number of wires installed along the ceiling, on the same level as the handles for the standing people to hold on to. This experience uses a new technology – allowing you to hear music through your hands! Everyone on the bus can grip around the wires and hear the music it is playing. The music is based on the temperature, pulse and different personally identifying factors to play a tune or beat. This sound is unique to every person, and the more people holding on to the wire, the more interesting the music gets!
This idea is based on the fact that the bus is boring. I am building on human values like appreciation and encouraging openness, acceptance, exploration and listening. With this, people can open up and perhaps start conversation. Regardless, it will encourage to a way of interacting they have never encountered before, and everyone joining will impact the installation differently.
The Bus Composer is for anyone who takes the bus, any time, any age or background. It can be interesting to see different interactions with the installation on different times of the day, several people interacting with it in rush hour would provide some potentially hectic, or amazing music.
For this idea, I was inspired by an exhibition I went to in San Fransisco once, where you could hear music through your teeth. https://www.exploratorium.edu/exhibits/sound-bite
In addition, hearing glasses are now available, which inspired me to think that hearing through your hands would be possible in the future. https://www.zungleinc.com/
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