The Spatial Instrumentalist (MPhil/PhD – UCL)
Year:
2017 – 2024

Status:
PhD Academic Research / In Progress – The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Description:
My research investigates spatio-temporal reciprocities between architectural space and performed music. As an architect and musician, I am interested in the simultaneous capacities of architecture to influence the composition and experience of performed music – and of performed music to influence the composition and experience of architectural space. My previous MArch project proposed a series of spaces which behave as instruments and replicate the immersive acoustic character of Venice during the Aqua Alta. My compositions appropriate spaces as musical instruments, by responding to the acoustic qualities of these spaces. When performed, my pieces exploit acoustical phenomena such as reverberance and sympathetic resonance to articulate musical motifs. For example, by using excessive reverberance to construct a harmonic sequence, or by suggesting a rhythm from an echo. When we consider performance spaces to be as acoustically active as the instruments which they contain, ideas surrounding the composition of space and music start to become more pliable. My research promotes a multidisciplinary method of practice which sits within the seams of architecture and music. The resultant work acts as an elastic mediator between the construction of spatial and sonic realms. Keep an eye out below, for updates and discoveries>>

New music 

Been busy this weekend, recording a new EP (DAIS) and preparing for the next LGO workshop!!

PhD step 01…

Build a desk…

Sound Mirrors

Saw these beasts today:

Built around 1930 as part of an experiment to develop acoustic defenses in the UK, but sadly superseded by radar shortly before the 2nd world war. The sound mirrors made it possible to hear enemy aircraft and pinpoint not only their direction of travel, but also the makes and models of the aircraft. Now they just sit as eerie monuments to an obsolete technology… (Hidden behind a caravan park and thousands of blackberry brambles).

Minuet Dances

For future reference…

Tonal Organisation

Testing the tonal limits of all sections of the orchestra: