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Pentagram’s 2019 Christmas Card Creates Music Based On Your Face
By Mikelle Leow, 18 Dec 2019
Video screenshot via Face the Music
Design consultancy Pentagram is ushering in new Christmas music with your face for its holiday card this year. The unusual card arrives by way of sound designer and Pentagram London’s latest partner, Yuri Suzuki.
The whimsical interactive experience called Face the Music transforms your face into a musical instrument that performs melodies in a selection of genres like opera, blues, dubstep and sci-fi.
The music changes according to your facial expressions, altering when you open or close your mouth, raise your eyebrows or tilt your head.
Your card can be as creative as you want it to be. Suzuki demonstrates his concept through four videos that show him spinning to the front in his office chair and then contorting his face to create music, while his two coworkers act as backup musicians or dancers.
Suzuki tells It’s Nice That that the idea of incorporating facial recognition in Pentagram’s Christmas card came about after meeting up with a good friend. “I noticed that my face really ached from laughing so much,” he explains, adding that it was a sensation he hadn’t felt in awhile “probably because of all the depressing stories that seem to dominate the news this year.”
The sound designer is dyslexic, and says he has heard that dyslexia “is all about the connection between our brains and our bodies.” However, instead of making sounds using hands or arms, he imagined facial expressions would be a more interesting and playful approach of creating music.
See how Suzuki uses Face the Music in the videos below, and create your own musical Christmas card here.
[via It’s Nice That, videos and cover image via Face the Music]
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