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Brief Published: 29 Jun 2015

Show RCA 2015: Alternative Audios by Gemma Roper


Royal College of Art graduate Gemma Roper has designed an internet-enabled radio that allows you to select music according to tempo or beats per minute (BPM).

Titled Radio Activity, the device pairs with Spotify and has a single dial, which moves vertically along a metronome-like rod to the required speed. The user can scroll from the slow pace of reggae (90 BPM) right through to Gabba (190+ BPM).

With an overtly reduced aesthetic, the device explores possible new physical and tactile interfaces for the increasing number of consumers listening to music online. With the rise of cloud-based services and mobile devices, technology is breaking out of its shell. Rather than a screen, Radio Activity’s dial is the central focus for interaction.

It is the latest in a recent wave of new audio innovations arriving to suit consumers’ sophisticated demands for devices that look as good as they sound. See our Power of Sound report for further insight into how audio products are evolving to suit consumers’ listening habits.

Show RCA 2015 runs until July 5. Look out for our extended highlights coverage from across the two campuses later this week.