IF ~ Music

Can you believe the road can sing?
In Japan, Shizuo Shinoda found that the depth and spacing of the grooves can make different tunes when the car drive over. The Hokkaido Industrial Research Institute, refined Shinoda's designs to create the Melody Road. They used the same concept of cutting grooves into the concrete at specific intervals and found that the closer the grooves are, the higher the pithch of the sound; while grooves that are spaced further apart create lower pitched sounds.

There are three Melody Roads; one in Hokkaido, another in Wakayama (where, at 40 km/h, a car can produce the Japanese ballad "Miagete goran yoru no hoshi wo" by Kyu Sakamoto), and a third in Gunma, which consist of 2,559 grooves cut into a 175 meter stretch of existing roadway and when driven over at 50 km/h, produce the tune of "Memories of Summer".


  1. Hi Phoebe, dear friend,

    WOW! You are highly inspired, I love those works os art of yours. Congrats ^_^

    You have a Stamp "Selo Amizade" (frienship stamp) for you to bring to your Blog, if you want it, of course. I hope you do!!!!
    Make sure to mention my Blog's name next to the stamp and you may give it to all your friends.

    Love you
    Hugs and kisses

  2. Hi Na,

    Thank you ^^. I'll go to your blog and take a view later.

    Love you too

  3. This is really creative. Great work!

  4. beautiful work! i love the bright colors!

  5. Amo desenhos com traços infantis e sempre com muitas cores.
    Eu adorei as ilustrações do seu blog.



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