Music of Structures

Architecture Is Frozen Music

The aim of the project was to turn the structures into music: shape, form, internal tensions and so on.

I extracted relations between the architectural shape and its structural support. Any change in architectural shape changes the structural shape and, consequently, the response of the structure to the exterior forces.

During the life of a building people perception  “extracts” different states of building equilibrium that incorporates not only the geometry, but different other external or internal relationships between the whole and its parts. I turned these states of perception in musical events.

On the other side, from the engineering perspective, in any moment  the structure reflects a static equilibrium state. This was easily turned into additional set of sound events.

Finally, I used all this complex relations in two ways: first to express it in musical chords composition and second to tune various synts parameters.

I used Ableton Live + various VST plugins. I also used some specialized engineering and architectural softwares for structural analysis and modelling.




All programming over extracted data/results was done using MAX for Live custom patches.

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ernest meyer
Dec 04 2011 | 11:40 pm

Thank you for sharing. You did something I considered for some time, before starting on real-time AV simulation of galacitc evolution, based on interacting audio vibrations. I’m glad someone made this, and I hope to see a video made with it :)

Mar 20 2013 | 9:22 pm

where is the download link ?

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