Sound bottle captures everyday noise and remixes them into songs

Simple concept allows users to hear the soundtrack of their everyday lives

The Re: Sound Bottle

Now here’s a novel concept: Tokyo-based design student Jun Fujiwara came up with a project called the “Re: Sound Bottle” which captures everyday noises and remixes them into a different song every time the bottle is opened.

Person using Re: Sound Bottle

The way it works is relatively simple. As you can see, the bottle itself features an opaque design. This covers the recording device within the bottle itself. Every time the bottle is uncorked, the recording device is turned “on”, and when it gets re-corked it’s officially “off.”

Recording device for sound bottle

When the bottle is uncorked and recording, flashing lights go off to indicate that the device is in sound-capturing mode. It can record a bevy of sounds, allowing users to either speak directly into the bottle or otherwise uncork it in the middle of a quiet park to capture the sounds of nature.

Like, I said—it’s not very complicated. The real magic happens once the sounds have been recorded. You see, it’s at that point that the device takes the sounds and remixes them into various new sounds. Shaking the bottle or re-corking it pauses and changes the song, kind of along the lines of a user skipping tracks on a digital music player.

Sound bottle being re-corked

What makes audio enthusiasts like you and me want this device even more is the fact that it’s a one-off design. He created it for a school project with the goal of getting everyone who uses it to not just passively listen to the sounds around them, but instead actively listen to their surrounding environment.

Sound bottle eiwth cat

“I felt something missing in the habitual use of music reproduction media, so I thought to create an interactive music medium that changes,” he writes on his Vimeo page. “By using everyday voices as sources of music, the sounds that are heard all the time every day carry infinite possibilities and help us reaffirm the enjoyment of music. I hope people can experience their own music.”

Check out the Re: Sound Bottle in action below: