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Ceramic Concept

We have begun looking at how we could use ceramics as an output as we like how the small changes in tone, pitch and volume could be translated on its circular movement while on a potters wheel.

Of course we had to try this out for ourselves and here is John showing off his new found pottery skills.

Below is the first attempts at understanding the forces and intricacy’s involved in using tools on the moving clay.

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The start of a concept

We have begun looking into, what we feel, are the strongest ideas from our generation stage. From the beginning of this project we have always been intrigued in the idea of using sound to create something physicalSomething that that the user can take away and be the only person to understand its true meaning.

To do this we have looked into many different areas of artwork to find outputs that we feel could be manipulated in an appropriate way to capture the personal importance of the recording. Finding the connection between emotion and sound has always been an important factor in this project for us. With this in mind we feel that the success of creating a physical object from a personal recording depends on us creating both a personally unique and desirable object.

The interaction between the recording and finished object is also as important for us as the output. As we will be using personal sounds and music we want them to be translated to the object in a positive manner.

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Idea Generation

The connection between emotion and sound is different for many people. This has become apparent through our initial research and we are now in the process of thinking about what we have gathered. For many, sound creates an emotional response triggered by the memory of a certain time. One example being a song played by a parent on a long drive, taking the listener back to that time whenever it is heard. Many people were comforted by familiar sounds and conversely many were affected negatively by sudden or uncontrollable noise. Its this emotional interaction that has attracted our attention.

Under the banner of emotion and sound, we have broken our thought process into several separate strands allowing us to begin generating initial ideas. Strands we have looked into include emotion, environment, instinct, physical activity and sound input. Under the emotion strand for example we have begun looking into the memories and how they are interlinked with the sounds we hear everyday.

Over the next week we hope to create more strands and begin to create strong concepts to develop further.

Our initial brainstorm showing our five original strands of thought.

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Project Scope

Sound is a powerful thing. It can make you feel things. Happiness or sadness, excitement or fear, anger or total tranquility. It can also evoke strong memories – take you back to special time or place. Your first kiss, for example, or it could take you back to best holiday you ever had.

We want to explore the emotional aspect of sound and the effect it has on people’s everyday lives. Do you listen to a particular song before starting your day? Is there a sound you just couldn’t live without? A motivational speech by your favourite sports personality, musician or national icon to get you pumped!

But sometimes our favourite sounds aren’t there when we want them to be. Is it possible to get that same rush of emotion in a way that doesn’t involve sound? How can we create a meaningful interaction that transforms sound into some other emotional form. Can a sound reach you in more ways than one by stimulating your other senses? Perhaps something more visual, or maybe something physical that you can touch and keep with you always, a constant reminder of what’s truly important in your life.

Sound is a powerful thing, and it has the potential to be so much more.

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