Sound Design: Green-linking Exterior and Interior Themes

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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
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Sound Design, Interactive Writing Task, The


Dr. Frederick Bianchi

Director of Computer Music Research, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Composer and researcher in the area of Music Technology and Interactive Media. Bianchi’s creative and experimental work in music composition and technology began with reel-to-reel tape recorders and first generation analog synthesizers. His early work utilized electronically generated sounds integrated with large acoustic ensembles in real-time. During this period, Bianchi also began his initial experiments with large-scale, multi-channel sound installations. With over 100 compositions from that period, Bianchi has received international recognition and numerous awards and honors for his work and innovations. By the mid 1980s, Bianchi’s ideas had evolved significantly, and he began working on interactive music performance and virtual orchestra design. That groundbreaking work has resulted in over 30,000 performances world-wide including work on Broadway, London’s West End, Cirque du Soleil, and numerous tours in America and Europe. Regarded as a pioneer in interactive performance technology, Bianchi’s influence, while controversial, has been a shaping force in the performing arts.

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