Sustainable Loudspeaker Design: Building a working loudspeaker from found objects and waste

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Abstract

For 3 years I have been developing a project looking at building audio products, mainly loudspeakers, from found objects and waste*. What started as a personal interest has since been validated into a Module Option and embedded into curriculum. I am currently working with a supplier of recycled materials to develop a proof of concept product with an aim of bringing it to market in 2020.* A definition od waste as useful stuff in the wrong place.
The interest I have in audio has influenced curriculum at the University of Brighton, where I wrote, validated and ran in 2016 and 2017 (with Jim Wilson) the Sustainable Loudspeaker Design Module Option. This resulted a shortlisting at the Creative Conscience Awards 2018 for students Anna Lockhart and James Owens in the Product & Structural Design category. This module Option has now been re-validated to be a more inclusive ‘Sustainable Design’ module.The Module Option directly informed the development of the new atrium at the University of Brighton Checkland Building, Falmer through the use of shapes and materials. The atrium, constructed by Jim Wilson, used research I’d been investigating in the use of baffles to diffuse low frequency sounds and planting to mitigate high pitch sounds.
The project relates to the University Strategic Plan supporting what is listed as being a key value, sustainability. ‘The university has been ranked 7th in the People and Planet University League 2017 out of the 154 universities and higher education institutions in the UK, in recognition of our commitment to, and progress towards, sustainability.’
The project was also ran as a workshop at the University of Brighton, Research Week, November 12th - 16th 2018.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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