Designer Yuri Suzuki‘s dyslexia prevented him from reading music as it is traditionally written. This led the Japanese artist to adopt quite a playful approach to music-making: his installation last year at the Mudam Luxembourg invited visitors to create their own compositions using color markers. The public would draw along the curvy lines on the floor, and let robots translate their scribbles into unique sound pieces. Earlier this month, the innovative piece was selected by the MoMA to join its collection.
Suzuki’s tiny orchestra is made of Color Chasers, robots that associate each color they find on their path with a sound. To create a full band, the installation features five different robots, each with a sound and shape of its own. The uncommon band consists of the Basscar with a Dubstep-like sound, the Glitchcar that aims at reproducing computer-like sounds, the Melodycar, Arpeggiocar, and the Drumcar to add rhythm to the composition.
The Color Chasers are just one of Suzuki’s many music-related projects. The artist has been exploring the shapes that music can take for a while, leading him to collaborate on will.i.am’s Dreaming About the Future earlier this year. If you want to see what Suzuki’s innovative mind has created in his exploration of art and music, you can have a look at the many projects listed on his website.