OASE 78 :: Immersed :: Sound and Architecture
Authors: Jean-François Augoyard, Barry Blesser, & Linda-Ruth Salter, Charles Curtis, Douglas Kahn, Brandon LaBelle, Armin Schaefer, Sven Sterken, Emily Thompson
Editors: Pnina Avidar, Raviv Ganchrow Julia Kursell
Under the title Immersed, OASE 78 addresses space and sound. This issue presents a reflection on the spatial aspects of sound alongside an examination of the transformative and temporal aspects of space. Immersed concentrates on one specific aspect of the spatial experience, namely sound, presenting new theoretical insights as well as relevant case studies.
Sound is a spatial event, a material phenomenon and an auditive experience rolled into one. It can be described using the vectors of distance, direction and location. Within architecture, every built space can modify, position, reflect or reverberate the sounds that occur there. Sound embraces and transcends the spaces in which it occurs, opening up a consummate context for the listener: the acoustic source and its surroundings unite into a unique auditory experience.
Recent studies into the ‘auditive’ dimension of various cultural practices have provided insights into experiential aspects that have heretofore remained underexposed. Some of these studies emphasize a critical reassessment of periods and positions, simultaneously suggesting modifications to our current understanding of space and place. Such developments are being seen across various disciplines, but they have not yet attained their full potential within the architecture debate. OASE 78 makes these disquisitions, which are often highly specialized, accessible for and available to the architecture discipline. This edition presents terms such as ‘phonography’, ‘soundscape’ and ‘aural architecture’, elucidating them on the basis of their operational potential within architecture. By reflecting on the physical dimension of sound as well as on a conceptualization of space as transformable and periodic, OASE hopes to broaden the discussion about acoustics beyond purely technical aspects.
OASE 78 :: LAUNCH EVENT ::
Join us on Friday at 20.00 hrs for the publication launch event of OASE #78, “Immersed / Sound and Architecture” that will be held on the rooftop of the Kraaiennest parking garage in coordination with Open Source Amsterdam.
The evening includes talks by Pnina Avidar, Dr. Julia Kursell and Raviv Ganchrow, as well as a special outdoor realization of Alvin Lucier’s Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas (1973-74), followed by a selection of field recording compositions.