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Musically Generated Form: A Means of Translation

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Title:Musically Generated Form: A Means of Translation
Authors:Thrasher, Micah
Contributors:Palagi, Kris (advisor)
Architecture (department)
Date Issued:Dec 2012
Abstract:For the purpose of inspiring innovative methods of creating architectural form, this thesis explores the physical rendering of musical concepts. Precedent study and correlative design research led to three principal modes of translating music into physical form: 1) directly pass soundwaves through an adaptable substance, 2) utilize the techniques or structure of a musical composition, and 3) employ the numerical values found within musical tones and musical relationships. These methods resulted in three primary forms of expression: 1) sound wave formations, 2) physical expressions of the qualities and relationships within musical concepts or “musical ideas,” and 3) arrangements of objects in space that communicate and exemplify musical order and structuring. Design explorations correlated musical concepts, musical order, and the numerical values of musical pitches, resulting in literal and conceptual representations of form. The “Melodic Experience,” a physical composition representing the proportions between musical pitches and their organization as defined by Western music theory, effectively communicates the primary elements of music by exemplifying rhythm, time, and the rise and fall of pitch through an experiential sequence of physical events. This study is part of the growing methodologies in form‐making and contributes to the future development of how music can articulate architectural design.
Pages/Duration:152 pages
Appears in Collections: 2012

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