When displayed at deTour 2019, a major creative festival in Hong Kong, PRP was housed inside a Japanese-influenced hut, designed and built by Kacama Design Lab.
The private and intimate setting was perfect for people to interact with this strange machine - play unknown samples, change their speeds, finally, to add their own voice to the collage using a mic and a looper.
It provided a space for people to say something beyond the limits of speech, during a time when it seems too much has to be said.
Sound Collage Machine
If sounds are words, together can they form a love letter?
It is hard to pin down Pause-Record-Play (PRP), other than that it was designed for people to build their own sound collages.
The machine has 24 loop tapes containing samples sourced from people close to designer Chaklam Ng: patterns made with guitar, drums and more ambiguous ambient sounds.
PAUSE REC PLAY
LEAVE YOUR MESSAGE
When all is said and done, people capture the sound collage with their cellphones and perhaps, send it to someone else.
The design experience inspired the creation of Squartet, which is also based on the manipulation of endless tapes, but designed for a performance setting.
Concept: Kacama Design Lab, Chaklam Ng
Installation design by: Chaklam Ng
Interior & architectural design by:
Kacama Design Lab
Commissioned by: deTour 2019