Sound frequency as architecture, phase and frequency modulation.

Concert Hall imagined as a construction consisting of sound waves.

This design was based upon the idea of a human ear with the large opening to the left and the traversing through much like the ear canal. The seated cncert hall is the dark off centre area to the right, reached by entering through the large ear at the front. These are experimental ideas using music software as an influence on architectural shape.

Using the structural tetrahedron platonic solid model explored in the early part of the 3D module I was interested to see how this could be extended into more organic forms whilst still keeping the fundamental idea of triangular based support and or structure. I had looked at the work of several individual architects such as Zaha Hadid, Moshie Safide, Shigeru Ban and architectural firms such as Vaillo and Irigaray, ArtTech-Inc and GMP architects. Why I chose these after much research was because I felt that these were good examples of individuals and firms that were producing functional and innovative architectural forms. They were also delivering solutions to real world projects but doing so with a widely recognised sound philosophical approach whilst also continually innovating with materials and form.

I was inspired by the fluidity of design globally particularly in large constructions that were taking place in the Far East where there seemed to be an exciting culture of innovation and a willingness to invest in great design and architectural inventiveness.

My sound capture images were created by altering frequency and phase modulations in a Moog synthesiser application whilst depressing keys and altering the time held and additional elements such as reverb, feedback, detune, There were various wave modulations that could be altered such as sine and so forth and it took a lot of experimentation to create patterns that resembled formal platonic solid shapes initially. These ideas were then transferred into formal drawing software where lines could be repeated using the same principles of modulation and changes in the X and Y axis. This could make a line extended or distort in the same way that depressing a key for a certain period of time and turning a dial works in a synthesiser.

The idea of being in a space and composing music that would resonate with the environmental frequencies in that space and then using that as part of the overall design process was an interesting one to me. It was particularly interesting as musical modulation does form recognisable platonic solid patterns so structures could still adhere to sound principles of construction but they could take on new shapes also. The developments and innovation in material strengths and flexibility also add to the opportunities to innovate and expand upon pre exisiting architectural forms.


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