Royal College of Art & Yamaha
Making Fun Serious

Wednesday 13 May 2009 - Saturday 23 May 2009
CUBE Manchester

Yamaha have collaborated with Royal College of Art on this exhibition of highly innovative and often unusual musical instruments and interfaces. Presented for the first time by Futuresonic 2009.

Using the mundane actions of daily life and even household objects, such as a book or typewriter, this new exhibition of work by Royal College of Art design students will present a range of experimental designs that aim to show how anyone can make and perform music. Futuresonic is excited to host this new exhibition which follows the success of an earlier exhibition in Milan during 2007 titled 'How Design Can Turn a Musical Listener into a Player?'

Featured artworks - The Knitting Scanner by Azusa Murakami reads patterns in knitted garments and translates them into music; Chromophone by Benjamin Newland allows people to make music from the colours that they see; Fabien Cappello turns type into beautiful music using a modified traditional typewriter; an installation of porcelain bowls by Jozephine Duker people play using their hands or everyday objects like a pen; a comfortable lounge chair by Vahakn Matossian houses an audio processing ‘brain,’ microphone, joystick and sound horns; Giuseppe Guerriero's instrument has fifty sensors around its surface to allow body movements to compose and play music; Lucia Massari turns an ordinary book into an extraordinary musical instrument; Matthew Plummer-Fernandez has created a wind-up human-powered electronic instrument; Yiting Cheng and Ting-Chung Cheng have devised a wearable instrument with which body movements execute a symphony of buttons, zip fasteners, velcro and pins.

The Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art is the world's only postgraduate art and design school, its staff, students and alumni comprise an internationally renowned community of artists, designers and academics who play a significant role in the shaping of modern culture.


Through constant innovation and technological leadership, Yamaha has grown to be the world's largest and most successful maker of quality musical instruments. Yamaha's global network extends across 20 countries and it now has manufacturing facilities in 15 countries. In accordance with its desire to bring the joy of music to as many people as possible, Yamaha pioneered the development of the portable personal keyboard, a product that gave many people their first taste of music making. The trend continues today with innovative new products bringing music production to a wider audience.