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Buildings 2014, 4(1), 1-24; doi:10.3390/buildings4010001
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Site-Specific Soundscape Design for the Creation of Sonic Architectures and the Emergent Voices of Buildings

Received: 16 December 2013 / Revised: 21 January 2014 / Accepted: 24 January 2014 / Published: 29 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Architectural, Urban and Natural Soundscapes)
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Abstract

Does a building contain its own Voice? And if so, can that Voice be discovered, transformed and augmented by soundscape design? Barry Blesser’s writings on acoustic space, discuss reverberation and resonant frequencies as providing architectural spaces with characteristic listening conditions related to the architectural space’s dimensions and materiality. The paper argues that Blesser and Salter expand such discussion into pantheistic speculation when suggesting that humanity contains the imaginative capacity to experience spaces as “living spirits”. This argument is achieved by building on the speculation through the discussion of a soundscape design methodology that considers space as containing pantheistic qualities. Sonic architectures are created with electroacoustic sound installations that recompose existing architectural soundscapes, to create the conditions for the emergence of the Voices of buildings. This paper describes two soundscape designs, Revoicing the Striated Soundscape and Subterranean Voices, which transformed existing architectural soundscapes for the emergence of Voices in a laneway and a building located in the City of Melbourne, Australia.
Keywords: soundscape design; sound studies; architecture; acoustics; design; sound-art; urban design; electroacoustic composition; installation; public art soundscape design; sound studies; architecture; acoustics; design; sound-art; urban design; electroacoustic composition; installation; public art
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Lacey, J. Site-Specific Soundscape Design for the Creation of Sonic Architectures and the Emergent Voices of Buildings. Buildings 2014, 4, 1-24.

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