Yamaha Design Studio is to present a series of prototype musical instruments at the Milan furniture fair, in collaboration with students at the Royal College of Art.
A team of ten students, led by YDS London manager Yoshihiro Katsumata and RCA tutors.
Tomoko Azumi and Jurgen Bey, has developed innovative instruments to address the question, ‘how can design turn a music listener into a player?’. The project aims to make music technology more accessible.
Products that have been developed include Octopulse (pictured), an octopus-like synthesizer by Brit Leissler, Tiptap, a rhythmic hammer by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad and Yuri Suzuki, and Loop, a revolving wheel that acts as a sequencer, by Tomas Higgs.
The prototypes will be shown alongside a separate exhibition that will chart the evolution of Yamaha’s musical instruments.