Soundweaving – Music from embroidery

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November 22, 2016 by Liat

Written and delivered by Kristina Chobanova

image4How to translate the physical language to spiritual is the main concept of Sondweaving, designed and developed by Zsanett Szirmay and Bálint Tárkány-Kovács.

Zsanett is a second year MA student at MOME’s Department of textile design, her design approach is characterized by an integrative thinking and experimentations. Bálint Tárkány-Kovács is the founder of “Tárkány Művek” band, he is a musician and composer. Their partner is Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest and the project is sponsored by “Design Terminal”.


Soundweaving is showcased for first time at an independent interactive exhibition in Vienna Design Week 2014, organized by MOME Laboratory.

The interactive project was born from experimental challenge – to transform cross-stitched embroidery into music. Zhanett designed textiles based on Transylvanian Bukovina, Kalotaszeg and Hungary folk embroidery motifs. Created by laser cut technology, fabrics are used as bands for the punchcard music box, transforming the pattern into emotional sound experience, which were developed in collaboration with the expert Bálint Tárkány-Kovács.


I have chosen Soundweaving, because of the mesmerizing transformation from the physical and graphical into mental, thru sensorial interactive experience. Since our aim is to create experiential path based on a different point of view, I believe that Zsanett Szirmay project is tightly connected with our topic and it gives design inspirations and opportunities for further development on the idea of translating the physical language in internal experience.



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