REC & PLAY by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

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REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

These pens by London designers Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz can record sound as a line on paper and then play it back.

REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

The REC pen (above) records sound through a microphone in its cap and records it as a line of magnetic ink, similar to the production of cassette tapes.

REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

The PLAY pen (above) has a nib that reads music by tracing along the drawn line and plays it back through a speaker.

REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

The pens run from power leads attached to a circuit board.

REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

REC & PLAY will form part of Sound Interjection, an exhibition at the KK Outlet in Hoxton Square during the London Design Festival between 18 and 26 September.

REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

Here some more from the designers:


REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

REC & PLAY is a collaborative project between Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz. Both designers, who met at the RCA, started tinkering a while ago with the intention to create an object that would combine drawing and sound.

The project consists of two pens that allow recording sound on a line and then playing it back. The REC pen, draws and record sound on a line. It contains especial ferromagnetic ink, made with the same component used to made old cassette tapes, a recording head and a microphone.

REC & PLAY pen by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz

The ink is applied to the paper and at the same time the recording head can record the sound captured by the microphone situated at the top part of the pen. The PLAY pen allows retrieving the sound and playing it back.  It contains a read head and a speaker.When the tape read head is moved along the line the previously recoded sound can be heard.

To reference and indicate each pen function, the pens use the color code used in old cassette recorders. The REC pen is red, and the PLAY pen, black. Both pens are connected to a circuit board and a power supply to feed the electronic components. The project, is part of "Sound Interjection" an exhibition featuring an extensive selection of Yuri's work, and will be presented for the first time at the KK Outlet in London.


See also:

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Soundchaser by
Yuri Suzuki
Ink Calendar
by Oscar Diaz
While You Sleep
by Oscar Diaz
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Posted on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 am by Joe Mills. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Doug C

    It would be nice to hear a sample of this.

  • philip lehar

    Elegant.
    Draw complex designs to play variations at will. Overlay it on a painting to associate sounds with colors.

  • meme

    So Bodkin, cat got your tongue?

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    Come on Bodkin… I can hear you panting!

  • stylembe

    Doug C – you can see and hear it here – http://vimeo.com/14563408