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introduction

Two collectors of sounds from the city listen in on urban space. Sonologist and artist Justin Bennett collects urban sounds. The material found forms the starting point for an intuitive process. Sounds are manipulated, distorted and pasted one after another. This results in new ‘compositions’ with sound spaces that have a rationale of their own. While Justin Bennett collects the sounds of the city as raw material for his ‘sound sculptures’, sound artist Cilia Erens tries to assess the sounds of the city on the basis of their spatial qualities. Erens registers, records and plays the recorded sound spaces in other places again. Isolating these sound spaces from the visual context can foster an understanding of the significance of sound in the experience of urban space. Four essays on architectural space illuminate the relation between architecture and music and how space mediates between them. Acoustic engineer Rob Metkemeijer describes how the architecture of space can shape itself to sound. A good acoustic space is given shape and materials to serve music. Architect Sjoerd Soeters explains the connection between architecture and music as a need to create a coherent entity. According to Soeters, in both disciplines harmony is a prerequisite for the experience of (spatial) beauty. In his essay, philosopher Jacob Voorthuis looks for a new model to connect music and architecture. The essence of this new model lies in human actions. The perception of the individual is the focus. People possess the tools to experience and connect music and architecture. The concepts of rhythm and movement are central concerns here. Architect Machiel Spaan describes how music and sound can inspire designers in creating 31

Music Space Architecture  
Music Space Architecture