Until the ’90s, when we wanted to listen to a song, we would turn on the CD player or the stereo and it would start. With the modern culture of listening to music on Spotify’s online playlists or via streaming services, the custom of giving a friend or loved one a CD, a vinyl record or even, if we really want to feel old, a tape has practically disappeared. Finding all this today is a mirage at least that you don’t go to a vintage discography store or buy your favorite singer’s latest album vinyl on Amazon -obviously in case the format was on the market. Pierpaolo Lazzarini, an Italian designer, wanted to find a solution by recreating the physical touch of music – now lost – inventing the “Song Ball” a small customizable object that contains only one special song.
The Song Ball, which the designer describes as a small “musical jewel”, allows those who buy it to put inside it the song you want to give. With a diameter of 3 cm, the ball can be customized and made of different materials: plastic, wood or precious metal. The ball is, therefore, a sort of mini case that, once turned on, reproduces the chosen song in a loop.
Each Song Ball is delivered with the name of the artist or band, the title of the song chosen and the year in which it was given engraved along its circumference.
Since each song represents a unique and memorable moment, the possibilities of customization are countless. You can record an individual message or a signature. The ball is given in a package that also contains the lyrics of the chosen song.
Text by Anna Cardaci