By Lingxiu Chong
Concrete and EDM have a peculiar, but long-standing affinity, ever since the rise of the underground rave scene in warehouses across Europe and the United States during the 80s - think of the techno ravers swarming Berlin’s Berghain, described by the Rolling Stone as a “cathedral” of raw concrete. Modeselektor’s confessed, “concrete is my kind of fetish”. Well, here’s the personal audio system of his dreams.
Israeli designer Shmuel Linski seeks to combine sophisticated performance with “raw and gross materials”, and in his 2011 project titled “Exposed”, he created a conceptual prototype for speakers that utilise an acoustic horn system, encased in raw concrete. We dig the look, but what’s really novel is the auditory experience that a concrete shell produces. Linkski explains that the non-resonating material “distort[s] the sound because the concrete is very stiff” (think of the chatter that bounces off the walls at a warehouse party). None of that smooth, rounded, ‘warmth’ that conventional speakers sell - these speakers promise a harsh, metallic edge for a hardcore audiophile’s kink.
These speakers will be right at home in that post-industrial loft apartment - just put on some jungle or heavy metal and rock out (maybe when your neighbours aren’t home).
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