Sonic Forms

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  • Sonic Forms
  • Acoustic Music
  • March 2013
  • M.Arch. Bionic Timber Studio Project

In comparison to other building materials, wood is unique in that it possesses innate acoustic properties that often result in desirable and comforting sonic outcomes. The inspiration for this set of over-sized “earbuds” came from the plethora of hollow wood constructed instruments found in almost every culture. However, the goal of this installation is not amplification, it is “colouring”. Sounds channeled through the hollow wooden body will acquire a distinctly wooden timbre. When heard through new ears, sounds and music that were once familiar are immediately transformed.

In essence, this project is a demonstration of how a space (it’s shape, size, and material) can affect the sounds within it and, by extension, those listening.