Japanese company COTODAMA and luxury brand Saint Laurent have teamed up for alimited edition all-black speakerthat is only available to buy in the fashion house’s Rive Droite stores. COTODAMA has two versions of itslyric speaker, both of which display a song’s lyrics while music is playing.
COTODAMA’s Lyric Speaker Canvas first came out last year and has a silver and black design. The silver back board is the actual speaker, while the front black board is the screen that displays song lyrics. It’s one unit, but looks like two pieces, and is meant to evoke the idea of vinyl record jackets leaned up against your wall. The size is a bit bigger than an actual record sleeve, but not by much. The Lyric Speaker Canvas is 18.7 inches wide by 14.7 inches tall, so it’s still pretty compact.
When it plays music, the front panel links with databases like PetitLyrics to grab a song’s lyrics. It then displays the lyrics in time with the song, and analyzes the song’s mood to pick different kinds of fonts and animations. Blocky text that bursts on the screen might be paired with a bold pop song, and a drifting, handwritten script would go with a slow ballad. If no lyrics can be found, the screen will still show abstract animations that move in sync with the music instead. There’s a nifty interactive demonstrationon the COTODAMA websitethat lets you see how it visualizes lyrics for different kinds of songs.
The speaker connects with Wi-Fi via Airplay, Google Cast, and Spotify Connect on the iOS side, and Google Cast, and Spotify Connect if you have Android. If you’re using Android, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music are compatible, but the iOS version also supports Apple Music and a few other regional services like KK BOX.
Saint Laurent x Cotodama made a new limited edition black on black lyric speaker that’s meant to look like vinyl records and shut up and take my money pic.twitter.com/aidNlalDsX
— Dani Deahl (@danideahl)July 19, 2019
Slathering products entirely in black instantly makes them look more sleek, and this signature Saint Laurent collaboration is no different. When Leica did anall-black Monochromcamera the result was gorgeous. Theall-black OnePlus 3Twas equally slick. It’s also similar to anotherrecent Saint Laurent collaboration, which took Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 andA1speakers and drenched them in black.
If you want to grab this rare speaker, it costs several hundred dollars more than the original version, but in return you get the all-black aesthetic and Saint Laurent logo. The companies haven’t said how many units will be produced, but it will set you back €1,995 ($2,241) and is only available atSaint Laurent Rive Droitestores in Los Angeles and Paris.