The Spatial Instrumentalist (MPhil/PhD – UCL)

Location:
Various

Year:
2017 – 2024

Status:
Academic Research / In Progress

Description:

Following an offer of admission to study MPhil/PhD at the Bartlett, UCL – my research will be investigating spatio-temporal interdependence 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. I have since released two albums of site-specific musical compositions and I’m currently prototyping live performance of this material using funding awarded by the UCL Architecture Research Fund. I am also writing an article for the peer reviewed journal Design Ecologies, on the theme of resonance between music and architecture, due for publication in 2017. 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.