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Tuned Room

Everything's in tune
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A room (for instance, the lobby of a symphony hall) could be carefully constructed so that everything in it would resonate nicely. The walls would have a pure 'bong' when struck, the steps would clonk out a scale (or a bi-directional melody?) when climbed, the metal railings would sing out so perfectly that they could be bowed, the countertops could be played like bongo drums. With a normal hustle-and-bustle vibration, everything in the room might be faintly humming. Clearly, it would need to be adjusted so as not to get /really/ annoying.
nilstycho, Apr 15 2004


       At 8.30pm selected members of the Halfbakery Orchestra will be playing "The arrival of the Queen of Sheba" on the entrance foyer. Soloist: Halfbaked University 400m relay team on steps.
st3f, Apr 15 2004

       Like a bridge supporting troops marching in step, this room might shake itself apart at the drop of a pin. +
FarmerJohn, Apr 15 2004

       You could have hanging rugs on the walls that you could partially unroll to control the volume.
st3f, Apr 15 2004

       Lovely idea, I'm already wondering how to put some of it into practice. +   

       Friends of mine recently built extensions. One is a keen cook (as well as a musician) and as she was showing me around, said that one change she would have liked was the wall between the bathroom and the kitchen to be moved to make the bathroom smaller and the kitchen bigger. I suggested a movable wall, so when she is cooking some bathroom space could be temporarily sacrificed for a bigger kitchen. A side benefit would be that you could tune the resonant frequency of the bathroom to the key that you were playing in. Another kind of tuned room.
spidermother, Jan 31 2006

       Heath Robinson's "How to Live in a Flat" (out of print, but available from www.usedbooksearch.co.uk and others) has lots of witty, and beautifully done, drawings of buildings with moveablewalls, collapsible beds, etc.
hippo, Jan 31 2006

       Q: How to live in Ab? A: B natural   

csea, Jan 31 2006

       //Ab// Tee hee. Someone didn't use Pun Away
spidermother, Jan 31 2006

       Wonderful! I love ideas involving music, and this is a good one. [+] And, although it won't be official . [+] for the guy who made the flat joke. Check this one out, for musicians into theory only:   

       "C, E-flat and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.   

       D comes in and heads for the bathroom, saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a second." Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and says, "Get out! You're a minor and the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."   

       E-flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, "You're looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this could be a major development." Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit and everything else, and is au natural.   

       Eventually C sobers up and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. C is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale correctional facility. On appeal, however, C is found innocent of any wrongdoing, even accidental. The judge rules that all contrary motions are bassless. "
Night, Feb 01 2006

       And C only wanted a glass of tonic.
spidermother, Feb 02 2006


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