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Jon Brooks explains how he turned basic tones from the legendary designer's Braun AB-30 clock into an elegant electronic composition

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Dieter Rams is a legendary designer in the tech world, not least because Apple designer Jonathan Ive is a devotee of his work. Now, Jon Brooks has created an entire album out of the sounds that this Braun AB-30 alarm clock can make. The record, Music for Dieter Rams, came out today.

Below, Brooks explains how he created the sounds that he used to compose the music. It's fascinating to hear the simple tones of the alarm clock morph into the elegant electronic composition of the finished product.

Image: Braun.

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