The hubbub of the city—tinkering bikes, hissing buses and booming sirens—have been transformed into melodic tracks by a suped-up London cab that translates ambient sound to music in real-time.
The brainchild of Yuri Suzuki—a sound artist and designer in residence at Design Museum London—in collaboration with headphone developer AiAiAi, Sound Taxi has been putting smiles on the faces of commuters and tourists all week as it tours the city, its 67 speakers beaming out haunting crescendos that change in time with its surroundings.
Most of its speakers are embedded in the side of the taxi, but a series of huge Indian horns (typically used to call worshippers to temple, and in this case calling city dwellers to a mini, mobile temple of music) sit atop the roof, making for quite a spectacle. Put it this way, if the Child Catcher had one of these bad boys, there'd be no need for any prison bars—no one voluntarily gets out, and after going for a quick spin near Wired.co.uk's offices, it looks like everyone wants to get in.
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