Sound invades all – yes, sound invades architecture, spaces, rooms, houses; objects, materials, surfaces; cells, bodies, muscles, flesh; minds and thoughts, our spirits, our soul. Sound invades our ears, our skin, our feelings, our emotions. The best is, it is a language not based on logic and words. That is why we can enjoy even a song of which we do not understand a word because it is not sung in our language. Sound evades and invades, it oscillates. It is always in-between, oscillating, pulsating, swinging, vibrating. Even a word is not only the sound itself but also the meaning attached. Language oscillates between sound and meaning. Sound is like a ghost: it passes through closed windows or doors sometimes. Sound is medication, changing your mood in a moment. Sound is a warning, a prediction, a state. It is reality and imagination. The borders of sound are hard to draw. Its shape can be hard or soft, wide or narrow. But sound has a body, becomes a body, changes to another body, conquers your body or rearranges your flesh and muscles. Sound infects you, reflects, inspects, asks, externalizes your inside. It connects you to space in a different way.
TIME AND SPACE: SOUND, BODIES & ARCHITECTURE
Architecture is a container of histories and memories. It shapes us. We inhabit space and it inhabits us. Space and architecture create psychological environments in our mind. Our body relates to our surroundings, architecture creates perspective and space is linked to and influencing our movement. Space acts silently upon our bodies. Space modulates the perception we have of our surroundings. Space shapes our experienced reality, situating our body in front of the world. Space is imprinted on us and becomes part of us. We create space, we are space and space creates us. Sound connects the void, sound is the immaterial space vibrating in between bodies.
ARCHITECTURE AND THE EAR: EMBODIED LISTENING
If there is no ear, does a shell still sound? A shell is the perfect image for the relation between body and space, architecture, for listening. The sound we can hear reflected from the cavities of a shell changes with our movement.