If a tree falls in the woods, and no-one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Of course it does, and soon you will be able to hear the timbre of every tumbling timber thanks to JVC Kenwood.
Kenwood have set up microphones in wooded mountains across Japan. The sounds of the forest are streamed live over the internet, then output by cube speakers made of handcrafted chestnut. It’s like Mother Nature is standing in your living room, belting out a solo.
Relax to the rustling of leaves, the buzzing of bees, and the dark muttering of lumberjacks eating their sandwiches.
The hollow speakers can’t manage bass-heavy music, but are ideal for the high-pitched sounds found in nature, such as bird song or the laughter of woodland pixies.
But front row seats to the dawn chorus don’t come cheap. The larger 31 centimetre speaker will cost around 300,000 yen (£2121), while a cube half that size will set you back 60,000 yen (£424). There’s also a monthly subscription for the forest noises, so get saving. After all, money doesn’t grow on trees.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re eavesdropping on a hummingbird.
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