Music is emotion. When you hear a certain song or melody it can bring back happy or sad memories, it can remind you of a place, a feeling. Photos or images accompanied by music get so much more impact. Just think of a film score, music specifically written to accompany a film. What would a movie be without music?
But listening to music requires speakers and they come in many forms and sizes. There are also upcycle design speakers. Jus look at the Cello Speaker Box and Moka, two fun and amazing speakers made out of discarded or old objects. And today upcycleDZINE wants to show you another upcycle design speaker. Only this time it’s made out of abandoned wood.
A tree gets a second life as audio speakers
The speaker is called Rockit Log and is a design by Portmanteau Stereo Co., founded by former Whitecaps Captain & Industrial Design Graduate, Jay DeMerit, and Lead Fabricator Heffe McConnell. The company is based in Vancouver | Canada. Their vision was to make a bluetooth stereo that not only had quality sound but also complemented the Vancouver lifestyle.
Rockit Logs are audiophile speakers handcrafted from recovered acoustic quality soft tone woods. Wood used to create a Rockit Log is sourced from abandoned logging operations in a beautiful valley along British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Corridor | Canada, where logging is very common and much waste exists.
The logs originate from Western Cedar, Fir and Hemlock trees, all neglected forest off-cut, left in a pole yard or part of a fallen tree in an old logging block. Every log has a different pattern, form and grain, which makes a Rockit Log unique.
Each log is custom tuned to deliver excellent sound and styled as a timeless design piece. It features bluetooth audio, a powerful amplifier, and a long-serving battery life. Most bluetooth speakers have a power output of between 1 and 5 watts, Rockit Logs have 60 watts of pure audio power.
Portmanteau Stereo Co.:
“A lifestyle brand that strives for unique design with custom sound, specializing in handmade stereos with reclaimed BC wood and refurbished vintage suitcases.”
Western Cedar, Fir and Hemlock soft tone woods are used in guitars and violins to deliver full acoustic profiles that provide warmth and amplify quieter tones. And because of these characteristics Rockit Logs, according to Portmanteau Stereo Co., have “a sound profile unlike anything you’ve heard before”.
The long lasting battery provides 10 hours of battery life at full volume! Another great feature is an accompanying USB port that lets you charge your devices so you’ll never go quiet. A Rockit Log measures around 30 cm and has a grab-and-go handle for perfect portability.
Jay DeMerrit finished his soccer career in 2014 and after a long and successful career as part of the US Men’s National Team and captain of Watford FC, followed by captaincy of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Jay married Canadian Olympic gold medallist Ashleigh McIvor. The two have devoted attention to a variety of charities and philanthropic organizations and decided in 2016 to establish the Rise & Shine Foundation in order to channel their efforts to have a greater overall impact.
Photos & video © Portmanteau Stereo Co.
At the beginning of this post I said that music is emotion. And the Rockit Log is also full of emotion because of the beautiful and warm wood that is reclaimed. So to me, that combination makes it impressive sustainable design.