Drawing inspiration from the overlapping rhythms of urban life, this residency project explored the ways that buildings give shape to our surrounding soundscape and acoustic horizon. Research began in HCMA’s Architecture’s Materials Library to examine the acoustic properties of building materials such as metal, wood, stone, and composites. Imagining the built environment as a quasi-instrument, kinetic percussion devices were constructed to animate these materials. Attaching the percussion devices to the walls and surfaces of HCMA’s building, rhythms were acoustically sounded from the materials themselves, exploring their variations in timbre, resonance, and spatial characteristics. Instrumentalizing the building’s interior space, the project also treated the air flowing through ductwork as an energy source for a speculative pipe organ, recalling the idea of architecture as “frozen music”.


  • 2022__HCMA   Vancouver