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Specimen's Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

by , 01/11/13

Speciment, horn speaker, custom instruments, recycled materials, sustainable, handmade, Chicago, Andrew Bird, Ian Schneller, electronics

Musical artist Andrew Bird has become synonymous with the Specimen horn speakers that he uses at all of his live performances. Ranging in size, some of the speakers he uses are over seven feet tall.

Specimen products are unique in the electronics world because they are designed to be serviceable and are intended to last for decades. Schneller is appalled that so many products seem to have planned obsolescence. He points out in particular that we should never see Specimen tube amplifiers in a landfill. Although we may not see them at the dump, we should see them in museums. This collection was displayed at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2011 in an exhibit call Sonic Arboretum.

Speciment, horn speaker, custom instruments, recycled materials, sustainable, handmade, Chicago, Andrew Bird, Ian Schneller, electronics

The horn speakers’ ability to cast sound was truly put to the test when they were used during Andrew Bird’s performance at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in 2010.

Speciment, horn speaker, custom instruments, recycled materials, sustainable, handmade, Chicago, Andrew Bird, Ian Schneller, electronics

Specimen has just released a version of the their double horn speaker that is ceiling mounted. Schneller says they have been getting great feedback for this undoubtably unique speaker that spins to cast sound as it rotates around.

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