When it comes to design without purpose, this thing takes the cake. This device, which doesn’t even have a name, is an instrument for the sonification of everyday things. Once something is mounted in-between the two ends, it is spun in a continual circle, where a high precision distance measuring laser scans the object, creating a silhouette of sound.
“This is a serious musical instrument. It rotates everyday things, scans their surfaces, and transforms them into audible frequencies. A variety of everyday objects can be mounted into the instrument. Their silhouettes define loops, melodies and rhythms. Thus mundane things are reinterpreted as musical notation. Playing the instrument is a mixture of practice, anticipation, and serendipity.” – Says Dennis Paul, the creator of the device.