Drive To Musical Wege House On Musical Road
Update 07-Feb-05: This just in - Japan is experimenting with musical road surfaces. You know those grooves that are cut into roads when you are approaching a toll station, or are heading off the side of the road? The Hokkaido Industrial Research Institute has created grooved sections of road that boom a melody up through your car. The grooves are a few millimetres deep and 6-12 mm wide; the closer they're grouped together the higher the pitch of the note produced. They're planning to use different melodies for different areas, picking songs that have some association to the locale.
"It has a wide-open, breathless, ethereal howl quality I find just wonderful."
Thanks to dottocomo via near near future.
Wouldn't it be great to drive to your musical house along a musical road? Communities in northern Michigan, take note.
Wege House is a unique house built along a Lake Michigan beach. The core of the house consists of massive beams forty feet in length. They are the basis for the core musical instruments of the house - two long stringed instruments. When played, the listener and the player are both inside the resonant chamber of the instrument.
(From The Ultimate in surround sound)
The instruments are tuned primarily through length; to create the tone of middle C on the piano, a forty foot long string is needed. As you enter the house, there is a pattern of vertical strings close at hand. Another instrument is found in the stairwell; a player at the bottom plays low notes while a player on the third floor plays higher notes.
(From Full height instrument)
Here's how to play:
First a player puts on a cotton glove that has rosin powder on the fingers. The glove helps to hold the rosin and keep natural oils off the strings. Two fingers lightly pinch the string and run along. This action creates a compression wave within the material of the string. The fingers push the vibration along in a similar manner that one might create tone by running their finger around the edge of a glass. The action produces tones akin to cello or viola, however they are more resonant with upper harmonics.
The exterior of the house also has two fifteen-foot tall outdoor harps built in that are positioned to be played by the wind.
There is a science-fictional city that this house would be right at home in. In his 1977 novel Dying of the Light, George R.R. Martin writes about an entire city that is designed to be an instrument played by the wind:
"Darkdawn built this city, and the Darklings are a strange people. There is a gap in the mountains. Their weather wardens made the winds blow through it. The wind plays the city like an instrument. The same song, over and over. The weather control devices shift the winds, and with each shift, some towers sound their notes while others fall silent..."
(From Darkdawn city)
Read more about the Symphonic House (and listen to music or watch performance videos); thanks also to near near future.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 2/3/2005)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 5 )
Related News Stories -
Personalized Masks Appear
'The tiger stripes on Jim's mask... made the young people easy to identify.' - Robert Heinlein, 1949.
Science Fiction Helps Young Readers Build Resiliency
'Reading science fiction and fantasy can help readers make sense of the world.'
Unwanted Cruise Ships Huddle Together Out At Sea
'On the screen they passed in an endless, boundaryless flood of green specks...' - James Blish, 1957.
News Mood Filter Web Extension
'He adjusted the n, the r and b knobs, and hopefully anticipated a turn for the better...'
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
ISS Astronauts Test Estee Lauder 'Advanced Night Repair' Skin Serum
'Out in the New Moon, just ask for what you want...'
LG Wing Twisting Smartphone Might Be Fun
'A polycarbon screen unfurled...'
Mushroom Coffin Returns You To Nature, Naturally
'She touched the leaf. She was wanted.'
Will ATT Offer Ad-Subsidized Cellphone Service
'For long-distance calls the ratio of commercial to conversation was as high as 10 to 1...'
Gyro-X Self-Balancing Two-Wheeler Car
'Indeed, the gyrocar was a sight to make a man look twice.'
Beat Covid-19 With AIR By MicroClimate - At Last I Get My PAPR
More than just a bubble.
Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition OLED TV
The Look of Things To Come.
Metalenses Now Reconfigurable With Liquid Crystal
'Hufhuf oil held in static tension...'
'Alexa For Residential' A Landlord's Dream (Tenant's Nightmare?)
'...unseen mechanical entities... that are in our very midst. One of them following each of us.'
Gather Ye Moonrocks While Ye May
'The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite.'
InMotion V11 Electric Unicycle Gets Air (Video)
'A tumblebug does not give a man dignity...'
Rid Thyself Of Ads On The Newsbox
'Can't we scramble that commercial?'
A.I. Jesus Proclaims Machine Gospel
'... he crossed the waiting room to the Padre booth; inside he put a dime into the slot and dialed at random.'
Google's Remixed 'Your News Update' ala Heinlein, Clarke, Pohl
'Perhaps we had better use the soundtrack and let it hunt.'
iSphere Plastique Fantastique Face Mask Alternative
'Among these were some clad in the insulated space-suits, with their transparent glassite helmets.'
Inkjet-Printed Wearable Solar Cells
Ultra-thin wearable organic photovoltaic material.
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories