molo Softwalls, Speakers, Electronics

Paper Music is a series of collaborative multi-sensory installations created by Ethan Rose in collaboration with Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, co-founders of the Canadian multidisciplinary design studio molo. For this work Rose created a sixteen channel composition that draws from a range of musical and paper sounds to sonically activate molo's softwalls. The sound system does not use traditional speakers but instead seamlessly integrates transducers which transmit sound through the paper-like layers that make up the structure of the expandable and flexible partition walls.

Paper Music was originally exhibited during Design Week in Milan, Italy where Rose’s composition resonated within a passageway of yellow molo softwalls. The exhibition took place in the 16th century cloisters of Milan’s Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia as part of Most for the duration of Milan Design Week 2012.

Paper Music for a Blue Room was created as a second iteration of the piece. For this work Rose created a new composition that activated the blue paper walls of a gently spiraling enclosed space designed by molo. Paper Music for a Blue Room was exhibited in the Javits Center in New York as part of ICFF 2012.