'To be human is to be technological.'

[Reposting from Yatzer]

Dennis P Paul is a designer with a geek streak. As a small kid, he started out with a Lego set, moved on to printing his own T-shirts and by the time he was 10 years old, he was already programming his home computer to make music and graphics. Before long the creative juices immediately started flowing and, hey presto, a Lego model turned into an instrument for the sonification of everyday things. It's a spinning structure and a laser, shooting 3D data through a sound processor. 

Paul never intended to create a playable music instrument. All he wanted to do was offer a different perspective on banal and mundane objects by translating people’s perception of them; and what better way to do it than by merging media, art and design in a perfectly regimented 3D scanner. True, he didn’t actually have to build such an elaborate piece of machinery for what is essentially an art project, but the (German) geek in him, wouldn’t have it any other way.The fact that it actually made interesting sounds was a happy accident!

Being an art project, it doesn’t necessarily have a useful function, but it does have a skill: it makes everything talk! Crumpled paper sounds chaotic, a cardboard box is rather smooth - rotate anything and you’ll get its sonic equivalent, often resembling a dance music loop. ''Sometimes it sounds as if it’s trying to speak'' the interaction designer himself admits.

''Technology is wonderful and scary at the same time,'' he admits. His mission, as an interactive designer, is to engage himself and others with new technologies, ''sometimes with totally happy-clappy and sometimes with very dismissive results.''

The implications of such a beautiful instrument are unlimited. Imagine the connotations one could derive from the sounds supplied by owned objects. Ownership itself ranging from individuals, concepts to cultures.

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