media logos

Hear the Music of Crushed Smartphones

Oil, vtol, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if you slowly crushed your smartphone with a 10-ton hydraulic press? Of course you have. And apparently, you’re not the only one.

The Verge reported that an artist named Dmitry Morozov (aka ::vtol::) debuted a piece of installation art last year titled “oil” at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art that encouraged visitors to smash their devices, then recorded the sound with a special microphone. The sound was then slowed down and burned to a CD. The resulting 20 minute recording is both eerie and captivating, all at once.

Curious? Check out this audio track created from the destruction of a phone:



While I’m not convinced the weird warbling, squelching, crunching noises would qualify as music, it certainly is different and a little eerie.

According to the artist’s website, the project was intended “to provoke visitors into spontaneously ridding themselves of material consumer objects for the sake of creating their own individual work of art via deprivation, divestment and destruction.” During the course of the exhibit, around 135 recordings were made, although not all of them were created by the destruction of technology. Here’s a video showing the exhibit:



While the results are definitely interesting, I’m a little torn on whether it’s awesome, creepy or just plain weird. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!