In the previous couple of years, we’ve seen two nice comebacks. The first is the vinyl file, which broke CD gross sales in the U.S. final 12 months. The second is blindingly colourful LEDs, pushed by a resurgence in maximalist PC gaming aesthetics.
While I by no means imagined these two traits mashing up, the musician Brain Eno has proved me improper. His piece, Turntable, is a glowing, color-changing file participant.
Turntable, © Brian Eno. [Photo: Luke Walker/courtesy the artist and Paul Stolper Gallery London]Technically talking, it’s not a sophisticated design. The piece is made of carved polyurethane. Customizable, inner lights shine proper by the casing, operated by a inventory Arduino board (the kind of silicon cherished by makers). But what he’s created is an ethereal, transfixing music machine. It’s a file participant that appears like it could possibly be designed by mild artist James Turrell, carved out of photons fairly than plastics.
The design really jogs my memory so much of a defunct undertaking by Philips from 2007 referred to as the Aurea. It was a TV, with an identical, clear LED bezel to the Turntable.
Aurea’s gross sales pitch was that it prolonged the colours of your tv display screen by the case and even projected these colours onto your wall. Aurea reimagined the historically black-clad house theater—with parts designed to recede into your cupboard like shadows—as a vivid, expressive expertise. I recall claims of lowered eye pressure and extra immersive content material. I used to be by no means bought on any of that. It merely wasn’t all that sensible to stare at these vivid lights for 2 hours whereas watching a film. But Aurea’s avant-garde design from 2007 nonetheless feels avant-garde right now.
Turntable, © Brian Eno. [Photo: Luke Walker/courtesy the artist and Paul Stolper Gallery London]Ultimately, Philips discontinued the Aurea, spinning off its lighting know-how into varied different extra discreet audio system, shows, and kits. As for Eno’s turntable, we’re advised the restricted run of 50 simply bought out at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London, for an undisclosed value. Perhaps there’s one thing to this concept but.