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Train Tracks + Vinyl Tracks = Sound Chaser

by Paul Strauss
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This cool interactive art piece gives new life to old vinyl records. Created by designer/musician Yuri Suzuki, in collaboration with mechanical engineer Yaroslav Tenzer, the Sound Chaser uses chopped up curved slices of vinyl records and turns them into a custom musical track for a set of miniature trains to follow.

Sound Chaser Interactive Music Train

Participants connect the vinyl record slivers into any configuration they’d like, and the trains follow along the track, creating user-generated music mash-ups.

Sound Chaser Interactive Music Train

Now I have no idea how they managed to get such perfect slices out of these records, but they somehow figure out a way to do it accurately enough to keep the tiny trains from derailing.

Sound Chaser Interactive Music Train

Each train car has its own independent guidance system, needle, speaker and amplification, so they’re completely self-contained. They seem to have gotten their inspiration for these trains from the oh-so-awesome Vinyl Killer I featured a while back.

Sound Chaser Interactive Music Train

Check out the video clip below to see (and hear) the Sound Chaser train in action:

Now isn’t that music to your ears? These guys need to package these up with slices of records and mass produce ’em. I think they’d have a hit on their hands.

[via The Dapper Alchemist]

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