Sound is more than what we hear in our ears, it’s what we feel with our entire body. In Episode 16, Listen with Your Skin, we rethink acoustic design as we explore everything from vibro-acoustic nightclubs and generative music to ancient Egyptian sound chambers. Instead of something to absorb with dense panels and soft furnishings, what if we embraced sound as a design tool that could create better human experiences for everyone? We talk to Gen Cleary, a Wellness Entertainment Sound Producer for some of the world’s most notable nightclubs and Founder of the HUM, an exhibition launched at this year’s SXSW that joined music and vibro-acoustic therapy for an immersive healing experience. We also talk to Jon Otis, Founder of the Object Agency and Professor at Pratt, who’s research and personal passion on the relationship between space and sound offers new ways of experimenting and implementing alternative sound ideas in the built environment.
Your Productivity Soundtrack
At Kimball International, we are makers. Before we filled spaces with furniture, Kimball International filled them with music. Our pianos were celebrated for their craftsmanship and quality as we made “music for the millions”.
But now, employees need inspiration as they shape the new workplace. Staying true to our roots, we made a music album that will spark creativity and support company culture wherever your desk is. A companion to the Alternative Design podcast, each song is inspired by an episode of the first season and composed by our podcast producer, composer, and one of our very own makers, Andrew Reid. The soundtrack features a variety of “alternative” musical voices and styles that are meant to unlock new possibilities.
So, whether you’re part of the 42% of employees who listen to podcasts or the 75% of employees who listen to music at their desk, we’ve got you covered. Listen now wherever you stream music and join us as we design for a better human experience.