Nowadays it seems almost forgotten that, not too long ago, music was a limited resource and tied to a physical place. Through mobile playback devices and wireless media-streaming services it is now possible to access almost every piece of music that was ever recorded from almost everywhere on earth. This development has shifted the perception and reduced the value of music from an artistic piece to be enjoyed on one’s living room to a barely noticeable standard.
Berta brings back the exclusiveness of music by limiting the playback to a certain area or place that can be defined by the musician. Thus it is possible to make sure that songs that have reference to a place can only be heard there. Berta is a physical playback device, showing the distance and direction to the closest playback place. As soon as the listener approaches this place, the song can be heard on the internal speakers.
Berta enables the creation of unique listening situations, taking into consideration the place and situation of playback. Music consumption is enriched by a novel quality similar that of a live concert. The listener is actively challenged and involved. Berta encourages the user to reflect on the ubiquity of the music and to make the selection of music and listening situation a conscious decision.