• This was a project I undertook with Jon Hsiung. We wanted to explore the ideas of Movement and sound through wood. We decided to use the butterfly joint as a point of departure and went from there.
  • We started by exploring where gaps could be placed to change the resonance of the wood so that if a ball glided along, it would create changing sounds.
  • Then, we decided to think about making the space between the two joined peices of wood controlled and moving. However, we felt like creating a path for a ball to glide along was not really capturing the essence of a butterfly joint, which is the ablity to control the angle between two surfaces that are opposite each other. 
  • We realized that by allowing the gap between the two pieces to move, we could create movement and sound in a way that truly embraced the nature of the butterfly joint. 
  • Then, we compounded the effect. As the number of members increased, the sound became more and more unexpectedly playful.