Tuesday, December 11, 2012

sound paper

     based off of Hearing Architecture...and my own experiences

     Sound can effect a space more than people recognize. When we look around a space we are not always feeling a certain way because of the way the space looks but instead due to the way the space feels. Often, the space feels a certain way because of the materials, acoustics, and fabrics that generate certain acoustics which all relate back to sound.

    One of the major places I remember for reverberating sound is my church in Winston, St. Leo the great. This Catholic church is small, but has a Gothic design. The ceilings are high and the church is narrow and long. In the back there are the organs which play exceptionally loudly in the small space. After the last note is played, the sound is still reverberated for almost an awkward amount of time. The entire service becomes an intense musical experience. Not only is the chorus in the back creating sound, but also the congregation as well as the priest himself. When the priest sings, his voice dramatically ranges from a higher note to a lower note to an even lower note even when just singing a two syllable word such as “amen”. This sympathetic note allows tone to be apparently reinforced. Without all of these sound effects and without the intense reverberation, peoples feelings would not have been as powerful and instead the effect would have been dead. The large sound range allowed for greater emotion.

    Houses today are another acoustical experience that often goes unnoticed. For instance, like the rococo period, my own house has an acoustical effect that works relatively well for its purpose, comfortable living. The ceilings are flat rather than domed which would reverberate sounds too much. Also, there is carpeting in several of the rooms where privacy is needed like the bed rooms which changes the resonance of a room and absorbs some of the sounds. Curtains and other draperies are located in several rooms as well. It almost seems as though each room is subconsciously specifically designed to master the acoustical effects of the room, even though that may not have been the intentions of my parents. For instance, the living room has a rug on wooden floor, rather than being fully carpeted like the bedrooms. Since the living room is more social than the bedroom, this makes sense. The same applies to the kitchen which is a tile floor and has no carpeting at all. This is the room the family enters into though and may be the most social of all rooms.

     Unlike my house are the places designed that completely lack materials that absorb sound. In my art history class during first year we always had assignments where we had to visit galleries. These galleries always had some sort of marble floor, really high ceilings, and walls that lacked acoustical panels or any kind of fabric to absorb sound. Instead, I'd walk into one of these spaces and feel awkward just from whispering about an assignment to the person I was there with.

    A great, however brief, sound effect I always remember is at the grande theater in friendly center. As soon as one walks in there's a great domed ceiling that has some sort of sound effect that allows for echoing. The first time I walked in I was taken by complete surprise and found myself laughing and saying any sort of gibberish just to hear my voice echo. Even if the interior design was not up to parr, to me, the architecture is still amazing because they have created an experience that I look forward to every time I enter the building.
Several other sound effects are created in my every day life. For example, the acoustics that are always provided in bathrooms in almost any house allow one to hear their voice reflect sound and create a much more beautiful voice. This is due to the sound reflecting materials such as porcelain, water, and tile.

Light series 4

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sound Sketch Series 1

1.Good Acoustics:
Carpet, acoustic panel, coffers, fabric, upholstery, artwork on walls, background noises
Bad Acoustics:
Metal in ceilings, exposed piping, concrete floor, hard walls, metal door jams, reflective surfaces on lockers
2. In the classrooms the use of carpet, acoustical panels on the wall and in the coffers, artwork on the walls, and the upholsteries absorb sound making the space have less echo and background noise being able to hear more clearly what is being said or done.The other spaces lack soft materials, and therefor cause a reflectance of noises off of the hard surfaces, such as the metal, exposed pipes, concrete floors, and hard walls, throughout the spaces lessening the ability to hear clearly.
3. Rosette acoustical wall panels made by Anne Quinn. They are decorative wall panels. 
Offecct sound panel
Echo eliminator creates products that eliminate echo in the space
4. Harsh surfaces create a larger variation of noise within the space, so using a less harsh surface will help to lessen the all-around noises. A pin-able surface can be used to absorb sound but also be put to use. There are now products as shown above to make the space enjoyable but also eliminate background noises.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Window Panel Project

For this project we were required to make a window panel that somehow diffuses light.  We decided to make a modular structure which we could piece together and easily take apart.  Our initial idea had two different slits in them, one which was smaller than the other.  This allowed a person to choose how much light was let in between each modular piece. 

Initial design
On our first critique we realized we needed each piece to be smaller so we changed the length from 12 inches to 9 inches, meaning each of the four sides would take up 4.5 inches.  This should work well with the window pane which is 5 1/2" deep.  We we also given the suggestion to somehow create a system that allowed a person to easily remove parts of the window pane if they wanted to let more light in.  We came up with the idea to divide them into sections so that a person could remove one section of the window rather than only one modular piece at a time.  Suddenly, math has become crucial :(

deciding on the individual shapes
figuring out the separate panels  
window measurements

original shape with slits
Deciding the new height and length
Material: Cardboard, which is slightly over an 1/8th inch thick.  Our slits that the pieces are connected with were an 1/8" thick so it would hold the pieces together sturdier. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Light Series 1

Light Box Project

Our first light box incorporated the primary colors and attempted to create all of the other colors through films. We made a blue film, green film, and red film and then used cut outs to create different layers.  Ultimately, through out cut outs we displayed green, red, blue, magenta, turquoise, brown, and a darker red. 

Our next box still used the film but we tried to incorporate light more.  We made three boxes at the laser cutter and put cut outs in them.  Each of the three boxes had their own primary color- red, green, and blue.  A bright hidden light was put behind them and forced the rays to come through the cutouts which created a ray of green next to red, and blue next to red. 

Light Series 3