Music Hall


Project by Daniel Barry, Adam Laskowitz, Adam Feit, Chris Hamilton

Music Hall explores the translation of frequencies in spatial movements to that of an aural composition. With this, a relationship is established in which movements through space are translated into movements through sound, effectively generating a narrative feedback loop within the system. While people’s movements through the space dictate the composition of the piece, the sounds themselves may offer new paths of movement based on hierarchal relationships developed between the individual elements. The composition of the piece functions on a didactic level through the exposure of a spaces occupation in time through the synthesis of sound.

As a person travels through the space, their movement is tracked through a floor-tile ‘button’ system. Each tile acts as a counter which is actuated through an application of pressure. This effectively records the number of footsteps in a specific location, in turn determining the number of times a location has been occupied. (Revisions of this project could entail a sensing device which would equally provide duration of occupation as a means of furthering subjective data which could inform aural qualities). The frequency of footsteps recorded at each tile is then used to determine the aural frequency associated with that location.

The aural composition begins at a net frequency of 440Hz, or middle C. As the space begins to transform through the movements of people, the aural composition maintains equilibrium at its initial tone of 440Hz. As highly frequented spaces become higher in tone, a gradation of frequencies effectively begins to decrease the tones of spaces at opposing locations within the room. This generates a unique aural landscape through the translation of spatial movements into that of aural frequencies.