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Hear, See, Play: Man Made Music invites you to become a product sound designer

Hear, See, Play: Man Made Music invites you to become a product sound designer

Made Made Music have partnered with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to produce an interactive exhibition, designed to illustrate our changing relationship with sound and technology.

The ubiquity of digital devices has given sound design a more prominent role in our lives. A vast range of products communicate to us through sound - from smartphone apps to cars. Often, we're unaware of the sheer impact product sound has on our experiences. 

See, Hear, Play: Designing with Sound explores our relationship with product sound and its ability to enhance an experience or interaction. The exhibition invites you to become a product sound designer for "TrashBot", an imaginary street cleaning machine. Visitors can use melody, ambient sound, and special effects to communicate TrashBot's actions and express its personality. 

"You want [Trashbot] to be approachable, you want him to not scare people, and you want him to be something that maybe people don't even just tolerate, but actually like", explains Joel Beckerman, founder of Man Made Music.

By allowing visitors to create their own product sound, the exhibition aims to help visitors understand sound's ability to affect our experiences on a practical and emotional level. 

Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound runs from October 13th, 2017 - July 29th, 2018 at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. Learn more here

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