As part of Tokyo’s 2017 Design Touch event, design studio PARTY has created a technicolor greenhouse installation in the middle of Tokyo Midtown’s Grass Square. As part of the month-long festival—which focuses on “enjoying design through all five senses”—the interactive event combines colorful LED lights with seven different kinds of touch-sensitive Digital Vegetables.
Visitors are invited to observe and learn about horticulture using touch, sight, and sound. When touched, each vegetable emits its own unique color and melody. PARTY’s sound engineer Ray Kunimoto explains that he recorded authentic plant noises, such as the “sounds of rubbing seeds [and] touching leaves.” He then digitally mixed the natural sounds with those of orchestral instruments to make seven different melodies.
The resulting vegetable symphony plays harmoniously within the kaleidoscopic greenhouse. In the woodwind section, cabbages activate deep oboe sounds, radishes cast flutes notes, and and pumpkins pipe clarinet vibrations. In brass, carrots toot trumpet sounds, and in strings, gently touching a tomato releases the tones of a sweet violin, while eggplants generate glittering harp sounds. And finally, sweet potatoes prompt a plinking of piano keys.
If you happen to be in Tokyo, entry to the interactive experience is free, and it’s open until November 5th, 2017.