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Sound As Space

posted Jan 30, 2013, 10:07 PM by Ellen Pearlman

Sound As Space

Sound is actually a waveform. There is a strong trend to turn sound waveforms into semi-architectural renderings and print them as 3D objects. I think where this could really become something is when you choose a musical composition and construct a building from it. 

Juan Manuel de J. Escalente runs the Realitat experimental studio in Mexico City working with digital media, music, architecture, graphic design and art. 

Sound as 3D Architectural Rendering

This piece was created with the generative software program Processing. A lot of people get really excited by generative art, and a lot of people have a hissy fit over it. Basically without the sound it looks like these two examples on a screen:

Example 1 of sound rendered as graphic

Example 2 of sound rendered as graphic

These examples are then 3D printed. 

I read a definition of visual culture in Wikipedia that stated it ”aggregates “visual events in which information, meaning or pleasure is sought by the consumer in an interface with visual technology.” The term “visual technology” refers any media designed for purposes of perception or with the potential to augment our visual capability.”

Example 3 of sound as visual interpretation

The problem with this type of approach is that individuals with no background in art history think this type of generative art is spectacular and a real break though. Artists usually just roll their eyes and shut down, as a lot of it is tackling visual  issues in a rather primitive manner. However, as sonic representation into visual into sculptural it is doing something that neither medium can do on their own, which is translate and augment a type of interpretation. 

Someone’s hand actually holding a model of sound as 3D object

Strange they chose to print it in black. What can you really do with this? Print out a custom Grammy Award of the soundscape of each award winner’s tune?