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The Nomadic Sound System

Wearable wireless speakers propose go-anywhere surround sound

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This year’s Royal College of Art summer showcase includes a wireless and wearable sound system for mobile musical performances. Dubbed “The Nomadic Sound System,” the project is the brainchild of Benjamin Newman—a member of RCA’s atypical study group Platform 13.

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Comprised of nine speakers—three bass, four middle and two treble—each component looks like a marching band instrument, enabling the same freedom of movement and configuration. For musicians and DJs, the system opens up the potential for spontaneous site-specific performances and the distinct ability to shape music with speaker placement and motion. Audiences can also participate and experience surround sound in new ways.

“The NSS puts a human in control of each element of the sound system and allows them to move individually or as a group, so you can use choreography to mix sound spatially and travel through space,” Newman tells We Make Money Not Art. For a glimpse of “The Nomadic Sound System” in action, check out the video above.

via We Make Money Not Art