Filmed by Sergey Vasiliev.
Edited by James Brewster
Electro-acoustic café is a fully functioning espresso-bar which is also a sound-installation. Malmö-based barista and sound-explorer James Brewster has turned coffee-making into a unique sonic experience.
He attaches contact microphones to the espresso machine, coffee-grinder and milk jug. This allows him to capture the sounds directly from their surfaces as physical vibrations, and then amplify and process them.
Just like any normal espresso-bar, EAC can provide cappucinos, espressos, lattes, etc for people. The only difference is that you get to experience the live sound of your coffee being made. The original sounds are also mixed with processed versions, which are created in real-time by digital effects. This makes for a more immersive sonic experience. But the sounds are still very much recognisable as resulting from the physical movements associated with the making of your own individual cup of coffee, heard as they happen.
EAC has been featured on Swedish national television SVT1, radio P2, and the front page of Sydsvenskan (one of the country`s main newspapers). It has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Danish national radio P2. The project has toured Europe, including Club Transmediale in Berlin, Exit 07 in Luxembourg, Latitude UK (on the BBC stage), and Art's Birthday at Södra Teatern Stockholm.