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2011-04-01 | 🔗

Most sound design in architecture is centered around designing for silence. Buildings are trying to block out that constant stream noise from the street and insulate you from those jarring clangs of industry. Geoff Manaugh loves the intersection of sound … Continue reading →

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totally different from the left side, have always been interested in a sort of acoustic aspects of architectural space, Mozart, tax for if they designed for sound, but there actually designing to do, is designed for silence designing to keep them. And out of the environment, their designing to make sure that you don't hear the street sounds that are happening outside or that your insulated from cars driving by or from gravel plant up the road. So it's really in architecture, silence that that people tend to be designing for, but you know, having said that, there is an interesting project a couple years ago by an architect named Joel Sanders There is basically an architectural design instead of standard glass windows. It would you things like parabolic, microphones kind of like those things that you see people holding on the sides of the football field during NFL games. These parabolic microphones would be
pointed at the sky, or they pointed out of the woods nearby or other capture the sounds of aeroplanes, flying overhead or birds and in the forest, or for that matter, kids down the road very consciously and clearly brings acoustics into the architectural equation. There is an art in a british magazine called the wire. There was an article about generative sound, so to speak. It referred to this idea of a corner coat sound garden. Rather than being the ninety ninety Grunge man. They were talking actually about the idea that you had deliberately plants certain species of flowering, trees and neck. I thing in your back garden so that you can sort of time and acoustic event over the course of the year
There are certain species that, when they bloom, the seed pod opens up with an audible pop. It's gonna be acoustic equivalent of the daisies coming up to the ground of the tulips blooming. There's all kinds of other species that have particularly kind of silky leaves that brush against each other in the breeze. So you can fall asleep at night to the sound of this kind of really silken silvery sort of tree brushing sound One thing I think is really quite interesting that you can actually deliberately sort of builder and acoustic ecosystem. You know you can you can easily imagine that sort of thing being added onto a kind of botanic garden so that you'd near pay? I need to go literally listen to plant life. Just Meno is also interested in Archeo acoustics, good question.
Basically, they concern with while two things not only how would a building have sounded or what would have been the acoustic effect of a certain building when that buildings withstanding, but then also what was the sort of sound culture of a given civilization or village old? My and temples were built not just as spectacular mountain bike constructions, but specifically as acoustic devices that would amplify not only the voice of the priest, but also the sounds of things like the cockle shells that would be played to do ritualistic, music in and that sort of thing they buildings physically designed to be as accurately as possible. The buildings themselves were like acoustic, resonate errors or sub warfare, so to speak. That were deliberately may too help induce a kind of almost psychedelic state in people. That's archeo acoustics. It's like Indiana Jones meets John Cage. I think architects are too willing to sort of let acoustics and sound be taken care of by sound
designers are taken up by other people, and I think it really would be interesting to see them think more in terms of how to integrate their building into the Sounds cape of a city. There's a lot of talk with an architecture of how to build something. That's contextual, specific annually responds to excite the sites. Corner quote is almost always literally a question of site: it's an optical relationships, the city. It would really be entering actually to think about. Our Tax going out to sort of acoustically map, the city block where there are building is going to be in and figuring out a nice way to intervene in it and maybe reflect the sounds back at the neighbourhood. Too much silence is no more interesting than too much noise ninety nine percent. Invisible was produced this week by Nick Vander Coke. I'm your host roman Mars. The programme has made possible, with support from lunar, making a difference with creativity, project of K, L W the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco and the centre for architecture and design,
Fine, I'm more, including links to Jeff Minos, building blog, which is essential reading. You should absolutely go there, and Nick Andrew, coax love in radio, which is a programme, does for both low dot org and its name and brilliant and darkly, fascinating and Nick is one of the sonic innovators in the field. Absolutely the best I was gonna include an excerpt actually at the end of this programme, but man that programme is for adults, and I got I have a great kids. Listen to this. I can do it anyway. You should actually check it out if you dont you above it, Simone Radio downward and your final linked to that. On Monday, nine percent invisible dot, Org.
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