'Binaudios' Allows People to Listen to Distant City Sounds

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 28, 2014
References: dominicwilcox & designboom
British designer Dominic Wilcox and tech-inclined creative James Rutherford have created 'Binaudios,' a contraption that allows people to listen to city sounds from afar. Binaudios is set up in the Sage Gateshead building in the UK.

The contraption is influenced by iconic over-sized tourist binoculars, and can be pointed at over 50 different locations across the Tyne river. Consisting of a pair of giant listening cones, Binaudios can pick up voices, crowds and sounds of distant sites.

As the Binaudios are turned, each sound merges with the sound next to it, creating a DJ-like mix of unrelated sounds fusing with each other. As you turn the Binaudios, the sound of cheering football players merges with that of oncoming trains and chatty skateboarders.

Photo Credits: designboom, dominicwilcox