Tuned Beer

Tuned beer was a fun project to work on, It was part of my thesis as an undergrad. A friend and I collaborated on creating objects that made connections among everyday objects and sound/music.
We redesigned the bottle, label, and six pack, to become a music making kit. The bottle has raised ridges on the side, when played with the cap it mimics the sound of a guiro (a latin percussion instrument). The label has marks on the side that correspond to the notes in the musical scale. The sound is made by drinking until you reach the desired note, then blowing across the top of the bottle to make it whistle. The six pack holder, when turned upside down, is a tongue drum that has six different pitches. We received some good exposure from the project, it was published on many blogs and in magazines, it even led to an appearance of us playing Tuned Beer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno!
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Tree Shelter

I worked on this project as an undergrad, A couple of classmates and myself designed this shelter to be supported from a single tree. It can be mounted as high as you’re willing to get it and has a removable rain canopy. It was a fun project and one of my favorites from my years in school. I’ve slept in it a few times and it’s actually quite comfortable! Sort of like a hammock, but just one tree.

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