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Record Player plays music from a color wheel instead of an actual vinyl record

Students from NYU create kick-ass audio gadget that blends colors with sound

Color Play

The device above is called “Color Play”, and while it looks like a record player, it doesn’t play vinyl; rather, it projects sound from a color wheel made up of variously sized and colored wedges.

Color Play record

The assortment of colors in the Color Play wedges represent different pitches, and the different widths represent rhythms.

Color Play wedges

Like all of our portable Bluetooth speakers, there’s a million different ways to use the Color Play. The wedges can be arranged in whatever way the user wants on a removable tray, and the spin of the “record” can be controlled via knob on the front panel.

Color Play set up

The genius of the device lies in the Color Play’s color sensor. It’s made from a photocell and an RGB LED. Color gets absorbed and reflected in different amounts of light and the sensor shines green, red, and blue light, then records the amount of light that returns.

The sound the device makes is based on the values obtained by the sensor.

Video below of the Color Play’s color wheel spinning:

Want to learn more? Here’s how the color sensor was made:

One comment on “Record Player plays music from a color wheel instead of an actual vinyl record

  1. Hi there,

    I myself just got me an record player. And I love it. The whole experience is so much more compared to listening music from pc or so.
    This new technique looks interesting, but I hope it will maintain the ‘old fashion’ feeling

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