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Pavement that you play a tune on as you skip in to work
The called "Music While You Walk"
The idea is to install a set of pressure sensitive pads to a
designated strip of busy pavement that then transmits the
signals via a synthesizer to a loud speaker/broadcast system,
when the pavement is stepped on.
Individual paving slabs would be ascribed
with all of the notes
of a piano, but there would be other slabs allocated to
precussion, and extra instruments. Folk on their way to and
from work could either emulate the chaos of a work by Carl
Stockhausen, or co-operate to orchestrate a more melodic
piece of music, appropriate to the prevailing mood.
Choreographed dance steps could be included, and in time a
booking system would evolve for emerging concerts.
Well, sort of. It's a piano that you play with your feets.
[calum, Nov 02 2005]
Footnotes Floor Keyboards
More pavement pianos from the people who inspired the "Big" keyboard. [jurist, Nov 02 2005]
||Isn't there a toy that is roughly (but not exactly) the same as this in the toy shop scene in "Big"?
||We have pavement pizzas where I live, so this'd make a pleasant change.
||I'd be keen to help install one of these at the main intersection at Shibuya train station one night if anyone has the know-how to get this thing off/installed in the ground.
I can supply dimensions at request.