Music and architecture

Sound becomes a further element in the project where it comes to defining space, its use, its itineraries, its functionality.

Normally, architecture is thought of as that art form that, by means of the proper positioning of diversely-shaped masses in space, puts itself at the service of the human community offering to the latter an environment that has predefined objectives (living, working, connecting two shores of a river, moving about in a city, etc.). Likewise, music is understood to be that art form which, by means of proper placement of diversely-shaped energies (i.e. sound waves) in time, puts itself at the service of the human psyche offering to the latter an environment, an atmosphere that has predefined objectives (entertaining, moving feelings, frightening, dancing, etc.). Architecture takes place in space, where it relies on mass, at the service of the body, according to an architectural plan. Music takes place in time, where it relies on energy, serving the psyche, depending on the score. Two art forms that are similar and coexisting, out of whose union architect Christian Rivola of atelier ribo+, in tandem with musician and sound expert Filippo Rosini, is planning/experimenting with “sound landscapes” through which to promote the territory with a unique approach.

Each landscape possesses unique and unmistakable sounds, “sound prints” that describe a culture and that contribute, on a par with other human manifestations, to the creation of a local identity. Places and edifices of absolute historic value and worth can therefore be evaluated from an acoustic point of view, through that which is called “sound landscape”, i.e. the acoustic representation of everything that surrounds us at a given moment. This new approach to the territory allows us to amplify a sensory channel that Western culture tends to marginalise nowadays. By means of the implementation of soundscapes, it will therefore be possible to bring up images and emotions that eyesight alone cannot pick up. A sound universe will be perceived like a new orchestra, like an element added to the perception and definition of a place or a territory whose sound prints are preserved.



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