Today, Design Lab 1 consultant (and Performing Arts Technology student) Takumi Ogata had the opportunity to perform his latest completed project for a brand new audience. After admiring Takumi’s Sound Tunnel project in Design Lab 1 a few weeks ago, Stamps School of Art & Design professor David Chung asked if Takumi would be willing to perform the instrument for David’s Studio 4D course (ARTDES 125).
David thought the project presentation would be a great way to open the next unit in Studio 4D, which involves designing a musical performance. Studio 4D students had a chance to ask Takumi a number of questions about Sound Tunnel, the concept behind it, and the technologies involved in its construction. Takumi noted that the questions from Art & Design students were different from those he received from PAT students—specifically, that the Art & Design students were more curious about sonic possibilities and the properties of sound.
Takumi himself was excited at the chance to play his instrument for an audience outside of the PAT department. He built Sound Tunnel to satisfy an Interactive Media Design (PAT 452) requirement, and hopes to perform with it often to understand the instrument’s potential.