Pendulum Sound Machine by Kouichi Okamoto

Pendulum Sound Machine by Kouichi Okamoto

Gregory Han
Jun 27, 2011

Tucked over on the far side of this year's Dwell on Design exhibition in LA this past weekend was a lively collection of Japanese designers' works, showcased under designboom's 'Yakitate' exhibition (which translates into "freshly baked"). A favorite amongst the many whimsical works was Kouichi Okamoto's Pendulum Sound Machine. We nearly passed by the turntable without seeing this kinetic-audio sculpture in action until a kind security guard turned on the turntable and let us listen to its unique brand of beats (video below)…


The Pendulum Sound Machine by Kyouei Design works in similar fashion to those classic Fisher Price Record Players many of us still remember fondly from our childhood. Molded dimples on a special record get 16 weighted brass pendulums swinging, which in turns strikes two salad plates situated above. Change out the plates to different size and material and you get a whole different sound. Not exactly dance-worthy beats, but it sure made attendees smile and gather around, including us.

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