- Nigel Stanford for Sennheiser -


Sound that you can see. Intelligent machines that can replace humans in the composition of music. In his videos, artist Nigel Stanford peers into the future of sound. His projects will be featured at the Sennheiser booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Stanford transformed his home into a laboratory, working on the mini-experiments for four weeks. He bought the individual parts for the Chladni Plate on an Internet page for physics teachers. The larger experiments required more preparation. For an entire month, he busied himself solely with a pipe filled with propane gas known as a Rubens’ tube.

Following his initial resounding success, Stanford came up with bigger experiments for his second video. And he worked with robots. He no longer wanted to generate music with his own hands, he wanted the machines to play the instruments. “We had to be careful. They were the fastest robots in the world,” Stanford says. One wrong move and they could have tossed him into the wall.


Nigel Stanford Music Art
Client: Sennheiser
Agency: Philipp und Keuntje
Production:Philipp und Keuntje
Our Role: Excecutive Creative Director, Creative Director
Year: 2016


The orange robots gently strum the strings of a guitar and rapidly play the keys of a keyboard. The video demonstrates the potential power of combining artificial intelligence with music. At the beginning of the video, Stanford shows them how he plays. At the end, the machines show him new ways of playing.