The Re-Rain Exhibit Creatively Uses Sound to Simulate a Rain Storm

The Re-Rain exhibit by Kouichi Okamoto that creatively replicates a rain storm without the use of water. The installation cleverly relies on sound and visualization to invite viewers to experience a simulated rainfall that is fully immersive -- without getting wet. This is done using reverse sound and the way the vibrations hit objects to create the audio of rain falling from the sky.

Okamoto piece is designed with 15 dark blue umbrellas that are linked to a speaker that plays sounds of rain falling. The vibrations of the recorded sounds are engineered to bounce off of the umbrellas and creating sound waves that replicate both the sensation of rain falling as well as the acoustics of the natural phenomenon.

The Re-Rain show is available for visit at the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan.