Sound Design: Green-linking Exterior and Interior Themes
With the increasing emphasis on green building, attention is now being directed to the role and importance of sound and music as an integral component of architectural space and interior environmental design. While sound and music have, in the past, been relegated to radio-based background music to supply a ubiquitous and unnatural soundscape, it is now possible to utilize environmentally relevant and sustainable sound design methods that stand to enhance not only the aesthetic, but also the functional and psychological ambience of architectural space. This paper describes an algorithmic composition system that sonifies real time weather and atmospheric data. The resulting sound design is sustained and modulated by the constantly changing outdoor environmental conditions. The objective is to correlate, in a nonrandom and nontrivial way, changes occurring outside with the sound that is realized on the inside. The intention is to “green-link” the two environments and bring them into a more natural and thematic alignment.
Keywords: Sonification, Sound Design, Soundscape, Music, Interior Sound
Dr. Frederick Bianchi
Director of Computer Music Research, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute