The London-based Japanese sound artist and composer Yuri Suzuki draws on the musique concrète of such composers as Brian Eno and Erik Satie, seeking to turn noises that we consider disruptive or distracting into more pleasurable sound. A series of charming lo-fi devices suggest ways to improve the sound of domestic life: an acoustic chamber table, resembling three conjoined guitars, amplifies ambient noise to make conversation easier; a music box replaces the harsh buzz of a mobile phone ringtone; and some of the most disruptively noisy domestic devices, washing machines, become instruments playing an atonal yet compelling music. In the installation Sound of the Waves, meanwhile, rainsticks revolve at rates determined by tidal data, filling an otherwise empty room with the evocative sound of the sea.

Redesigning our society with calmness in mind — everything from buildings to household appliances — could help us lead healthier and happier lives. It’s an abstract idea, but one worth balancing with our insatiable desire for better, more powerful technology.” engadget

Commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery (Kingston University)
Presented in partnership with: Cryptic & The Lighthouse
Supported by: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Image: Corey Bartle-Sandersonn