Architecture As Interactive Music

The University of Westminster Sound Media Research Group (SMRG)

“Architecture as Interactive Music”
Wednesday, 27th September 2000

Could interactive music and sound exist permanently in public buildings and spaces? This may be in the form of natural acoustic / kinetic phenomena such as the use of wind / weather or through the use of computer based generative or algorithmic processes. Is the continual sound of natural or urban environments music enough?

This seminar will look at the possibility of interactive music and sound becoming parts of the architectural language. This may range from sound art installations, private and domestic spaces to commercial and public buildings like supermarkets and airports replacing, in some ways, the conventional use of Muzak.

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Max Eastley

visual artist and musician who has combined his work in these two fields to create a unique form of sound art. He uses kinetic sculptures driven by wind, water and electricity resulting in a number of large outdoor installations including permanent ones at Capol Manor Gardens, Enfield and at the Devil’s Glen, Wicklow, Ireland.

Paul Gillieron

a leading acoustic designer whose projects have included the Royal Court Theatre, Crystal Palace Park concert platform and the unique 200 seat 3D sound auditorium at Sheffield’s National Centre for Popular Music.

Andrew Shoben

Currently undertaking the Greyworld Sound Awards project exploring the interplay of the urban surround with the elements commissioned for the Z2000 Festival, Berlin.

Marcus Beale

architect of reworked St. Peter’s College Oxford and the Christ Church Garden, Blackfriars, Marcus is also a successful composer and musician composing ballets and performing with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. He is the author of a forthcoming book – ‘Sensuality and Proportion – a primer on sound in architecture’ due for publication in 2009. Sensuality and Proportion.