SoniColumn, created by Jin-Yo Mok, is an extension of The MusicBox Project. In the first project, users could compose a sound using a mouse and grid-like score. In SolniColumn you turn each note on by running your hand over it and around the column.

SoniColumn is an interactive sound installation that can be played by a person’s touch. The installation takes the form of a column-like cylinder, of a height that does not quite reach the ceiling but just high enough for one’s reach. Grids of LEDs installed inside the column light themselves on by the users’ touch and emit unique sounds. When a user cranks the handle, the column slowly rotates itself and plays the light patterns of the user’s touch.

I really like the simplicity of interaction, aesthetics and the build quality in this piece. For more music boxes, see Toshio Iwai Futuresonic Keynote and PlinkPlonk.

Shown at Bitforms Seoul & later at the Wired Nextfest.

(previously blogged by wmmna & Fabrica)