Kyocera Echo Temple

Working closely with Mother of NYC, MPC Digital, and developer Brian Chaslow, Tekamaki helped bring the interactive project ‘Echo Temple’ to life. This Interactive Sound Installation was the centerpiece of Kyocera’s activation at Virgin Mobile’s Free Fest, a full-day music festival featuring Cee Lo, Patti Smith, etc. and attended by 50,000+ people.

The Echo Temple included six monolithic speaker towers with motion tracking cameras encircling a central tower that included subwoofers. Participants standing in front of the monoliths were able to manipulate different melodic instrument’s volume, pitch or unique audio effect by moving their body and waving fans branded with special symbols. The central tower produced the core of the mix: drums, bass, drones and the main harmonic progressions, and had architectural bamboo that could be tapped to trigger percussive sounds within the mix.

Combatting days of heavy rain, lightning, and the local authorities, the installation was completed in time for the sun to emerge on a beautiful day and wow festival attendees. This was a creative and interactive experience that Tekamaki was proud to help produce and install.