Surprising travelers in today’s world is quite a difficult task. However, countries such as Japan, the USA, Denmark, South Korea, the Netherlands, and China have managed to do this by building musical roads.
And this is not the whole list of countries where people travel to music (literally)..
What is this melody road, as it is also called? First of all, it is worth noting that it is practically indistinguishable from the usual one. The only external difference that catches the eye are the painted musical symbols, which are depicted below.
Musical roads, type of asphalt
As for the asphalt surface, transverse furrows are applied to it, the depth of which is 3-6 mm, and the width is from 8 to 24 mm. Thanks to this special coating, tactile and sound vibrations are transmitted through the noise of the wheels and the car body, with the help of which the driver hears a certain song.
Special cover of the music road
Covering the musical road
The first singing road appeared in 1995 in Denmark. It is called an asphalt recorder. By 2013, similar musical highways had been built in Japan, the USA, and South Korea. And then in other countries. The story of the creation of the singing highway in Japan is interesting, because it was built not for a project, but for a coincidence.
Once, while working on a bulldozer, Shinzuo Shinoda caused scratches on the road surface. Then, on reflection, he suddenly realized that such musical songs can be played all the time. This will depend on the depth and distance between the grooves.
In 2007, using the idea of Shinzuo Shinoda, the Hokkaido National Institute of Industrial Research created three musical roads, each approximately 250 m long. One of the highways is located in Hokkaido, and the other two are on Honshu Island (Wakayama and Gunma prefectures). The principle of creating such roads is as follows: in order for the sound of the melody to be high, you should place the grooves as close to each other as possible.
Thus, on the road in Wakayama, drivers can enjoy listening to the Japanese ballad “Miagete goran yoru no hoshi wo”. And, driving along the road in Gunma province, everyone will be able (literally) to feel the tune of the melody “Memories of Summer”.
Musical roads in the world
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