[Audio Readymades] SCREAM

This is the knife rack that screams when users pull out the knife. Me and Yifan found the interesting connection between knife and screaming which is a perfect match for audio readymades.

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We were browsing in the junk shop looking for inspiration then this idea came to us – Turning this vintage knife rack into a screaming machine. We edited the soundtracks from shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and the door breaking scene from The Shining which all contain dramatic screaming sound effect.

 

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We use magnetic contact switch (door sensor) to detect if the knifes are on the rack. When users pull out the knife, the sound will be triggered.

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We use serial communication to pass the data from arduino to Max MSP in order to play the sound.

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So here it is! And here’s a demo video to show how it works.

My Next Step:

I was inspired by this project that I decided to create more interactive pieces which reinterpret famous scenes from classic movies. 

It’ll be a series of objects which allow participants to interact with. By interacting with these readymades (including sound/visual), they’re actually experiencing a classic movie through a new way of storytelling which is a human-scale and face-to-face interaction. 

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