Artist: AiAiAi TMA-1
TESTERS A very important part of the TMA-1 development is the thorough integration of DJs in testing and modifying the product. This lead user driven approach to development has given valuable insights. The list of DJs is as follows: Tiga, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Hot Chip, DJ Koze, Philipp Jung (M.A.N.D.Y), Booka Shade, Erol Alkan, Claude von Stroke, A-Trak, 2MANYDJS, Prins Thomas, Ellen Allien, MSTRKRFT, Trentemøller, Matthew Dear, Seth Troxler, RJD2, Brodinski, Pilooski, Boys Noize, Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, Kode9, Michael Mayer, Superpitcher, Luciano. DESIGN Main focus in designing the TMA-1 has been to develop a design that on one hand is icon of headphones and on the other hand works and looks like a tool for the user. The design approach has been to clean out as much as possible in the design and focus on exaggerating the details that are necessary to make the design work technical and visual. We have designed with a focus on cohesive relations between the different elements in the headphones. A relation that makes the design appears as a whole with the same DNA controlling every move in the design. No nonsense and straight up. WHY TMA-1 The name TMA-1 is taken from Stanley Kubricks’ science fiction movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”. TMA-1 (Tycho Magnetic Anomaly-1) refers to the apparent magnetic irregularity found at the Tycho crater on the Moon’s surface by American astronauts. A black Monolith buried 40 feet under the lunar surface causes the anomaly. In the background to the story in the book, an ancient an unseen alien race uses mechanisms with the appearance of large crystal Monoliths to investigate worlds all across the galaxy and, if possible, to encourage the development of intelligent life. The monoliths are extremely long-lived and reliable machines and resist destructive testing beyond the theoretical limits of material strength. We thought this name was fitting for our rugged, all black DJ headphone.