STADSSOUNDTRACK

2017 | Rotterdam

Bij zijn bespreking van het belang van het decoderen van het stedelijke ritme spoort Augoyard ons aan al onze sensorische capaciteiten aan te wenden, waaronder ook de akoestische dimensie:


‘Listen to our cities.Is it not the very nature of the urban environment to make us hear, whether we like it or not, this mixing of sounds? Dull murmurs, machine noise, the shifting and acoustic racket created by people - every urban moment has a sound signature, usually composed of many sounds together.’

AUGOYARD, J. F., MCCARTNEY, A., TORGUE, H., & PAQUETTE, D. (2006).

Sonic experience a guide to everyday sounds. Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Het onderzoek naar de locatiegebonden sonische ervaring werd gebaseerd op opnames van stadsgeluiden op vier verschillende locaties in Rotterdam.


An ‘urban soundtrack‘ was compiled for each location that was consequently translated through Processing, a sound visualisation software that involved the writing of a computational code based on variations in frequency (hZ), time (s) and intensity (dB). Each visual is paralleled by a 2D analysis of each sound-generating activity (whether human, mechanical or natural) that reveals the rhythms of daily life activating the site-adjacent urban grain.

@ 2020