Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Audiochmura by Mode:lina architekci s.c.
June 16th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mode:lina architekci s.c.
A project of Audiochmura (sonic cloud – loosely translated) was inspired by the concept of Audioarchitektura (sonicarchitecture) – brainchild of artist Piotr Adamski and mode:lina.
It is a sonic installation using corrugated pipes as amplifiers emitting sounds gathered around its actual position. The shape of a cloud relates to something ephemeral, almost non-existent and likely to move.
Sonic architecture is a utopian vision of a city that cannot be heard. An innovative system of sound emission, which isolates people from the unbearable audiosphere of crowded streets, traffic and all the noise that unnaturally has become an inseparable part of our life. Invisible Sonic-buildings, spread along the sidewalks, in parks and boulevards, emitting sound waves that drown out the city noise. Passer-by walking in their range are surrounded by the sound of hypnotic composition of Steve Reich’s concert, broadcasted live from the concert hall or a melody of raindrops falling on the tin roofs of urban buildings. Today this is a utopian technology, but Sonic Architecture is also a basis for discussion on acoustic ecology, city’s acoustic landscape and its impact on the inhabitants.
That day, when the cloudy sky overwhelmed the Theatre Bridge, Em turned right into Independence Avenue. Unbearable pain penetrated his temple, when a driver of hurtling ambulance used a siren to hasten sleepy drivers standing in the traffic jam. Em paused for a moment. He pulled out his sonic-architectural city map, located his destination and considered returning to a Audio-Tunnel by the Roosevelt’s Street, to continue his walk in a blissful aura of the concert. He carefully folded up the map and looked around, just like a usual wanderer, whose journey has just begun and he is now to decide which direction to go.
Park was covered in mystical fog. Taking advantage of the intimacy offered by the aura, some youngster freaked out by the inactive at this point of year fountain. En walked along the park alley and after a while he accidently walked into experimental Sonic-building. He couldn’t find it in the November edition of a map he had. Now he enjoyed the rustle of thousands of splashing drops, incessantly launched in the air by a pump that feeds the fountain in the summer. Em considered using Sonic Architecture in designing the landscapes of sound spots and creating audio simulations for them to be a great educational strategy. At the same time, Victoria, who was connected to Em on rather vague basis, spent her time in other Sonic-Building, where while waiting on a tram, she listened to the sound of destruction of Baltic Cinema, emitted on an mild volume, together with constant mixing, extending or cutting its parts.
Em looked at the youngster with the unuttered approval and set off. He reminded himself of the heading, from today’s newspaper, posted by HR department of a Fundation: Therefore I announce the competition for a post of the administrator of the Sonic-Building placed by The Freedom Square. Singles, music lovers, with inborn sound sensitivity and an idea for the programme for the Sonic-building are welcome. He even considered his candidacy for the post. When several years ago a visionary sound project was designed, he instantly became a great fan of it. Some time later, creators of Sonic-Architecture gained funds for development of sound emission technologies, to make it efficient on the big scale of city’s space, making creation of more and more Sonic-Buildings possible. Today, the Foundation, created to develop the project, struggles to fight the herd of hungry sharks, using their cunning strategies to transform sonic-building into a powerful medium of commercials, unnecessary information and mainstream music. Currently the Foundation finance the project of funds of independent sponsors. Buried in his thoughts, aware of the fact that by thoughts he can translocate better than with teleportation and his own shoes, he almost reached his destination.
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