two yamahas, one passion: by yamaha and yamaha motor
As part of the Yamaha Design Laboratory’s “Two Yamahas, One Passion” project, an exploration of different ways of thinking around the common theme of design, Yamaha and Yamaha Motor have collaborated to release their new concept design object Untitled Instrument. The mobile musical object is propelled solely by air, combining the theory of sound with the complex mechanics of a motorcycle engine to design a product that functions as both a music instrument and a vehicle. As Yamaha modifies the airflow in different ways, it becomes a tool that performs different roles; when controlled it can produce pleasing musical scales and when compressed it can be converted into a propelling motion, encouraging a free style of play that is not limited to one or the other .
Two Yamahas, One Passion is an exploration of different ways of thinking around the common theme of design
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a new concept powered by air
To fulfill the function of Two Yamahas, One Passion’s Untitled Instrument as a vehicle, the design team looked at the complex mechanism of a motorcycle engine, which is driven by the compression of air with the support of the combustion of gasoline. Air is effectively compressed to produce force and pressure, powering the reciprocating motion of the piston, which is in turn converted into rotational motion through the frame, generating propulsive force by turning the crank and the tires. If this air is converted into material vibrational energy, it becomes a tool that produces sound like a musical instrument, and if it is converted into propulsive energy, it becomes a tool like a vehicle. Meanwhile, Yamaha is also exploring the phenomenon of sound waves in which the vibration of matter is transmitted through air, to fulfill the object’s function as an instrument. As the airflow is controlled and changed, a pleasing musical range is produced. Although the same source, air, is used, the role of the tool changes dramatically depending on how it is used.
Yamaha looks at the mechanism of a motorcycle engine, which is driven by compressing air and burning gasoline
the untitled instrument uses air for sound and movement
Two Yamahas, One Passion plays with air in different ways, as a tool to create both sound and movement and allow Untitled Instrument to play different roles at once. When the air pump attached to the upper side of the main unit is pushed several times, air accumulates in the air tank located on the side. Then, by turning the valve in the center of the main unit and opening the air passage of the transparent tube, the air is immediately released from the compression tank. The released air pressure is used to generate sound, while the air flowing through the trumpet-shaped tube is used to generate energy to vibrate the harmonica reeds fixed inside. Air flowing through the other tube, to which the propeller is attached, is converted into the reciprocating motion of the piston, which turns the crank and produces propulsive force, propelling Untitled Instrument forward.
air is controlled both to produce pleasing musical scales and to propel movement