The Sound Is The Scenery
“The Sound Is The Scenery is a geometrical mathematical spatial composition incorporating planetary frequencies produced by tuning forks and chimes used in sound healing practice, as well as traditional sound healing tools such as percussions and the human voice. The composition combines symbols and archetypes from various cultures and practices with sound in distinct mathematical ratios and geometrical positioning to create an evolving harmony of in-out and personal-communal connection and synchronization aiming to provide self empowerment and consciousness expansion.
TSITS composition is meticulously tailored for the immersive sonic abilities of the acclaimed 4DSOUND, placing people within eight evolving scenes of 3D geometrical structures of sound and light[...].
Rona Geffen's research and shows at the Spatial Sound Institute incorporate the work of collaborators Alessandra Leone (visual and light installation) and Claire Aoi (mathematics and processing)."
TSITS is a project directed by Rona Geffen.
Trailer of the documentary of the project on the left.
________Collaboration (coding***, mathematics) on an immersive audiovisual experience, based on geometrical structures and mathematical sequences.
Event at 4D Sound (Spatial Sound Institute) in Budapest, Spring 2017.
________Ongoing research (EEG experiments, etc) on spatial geometrical sound perception.
________Ongoing investigation of various geometrical solid bodies, lattices and swarms of sound particles through space, for the 4D Spatial Sound Technologies.
Exploration of relevant transformations and non-linear dynamics: Distortions, morphing and emergence phenomenons acoustically-envisioned for these systems.
***Coding of the evolving geometries in the piece to map them to different spatial sound parameters (and effects), through OSC messages and Max4Live.
Nota Bene: Here below are only snapshots of some coding sketches made for the sound parameters. These are not the actual visuals of the piece.
Music of the spheres
"The work is based on sounds tuned to the frequencies of the rotation of planets in our solar system, placing it in the lineage of exploration of the ‘Harmony of Spheres."
'Music of the spheres' is an "ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of planet and celestial bodies as a form of harmony" (mathematical or religious, not literally audible), which seduced thinkers and scholars until the end of the Renaissance.
In 'Harmonices Mundi', Johannes Kepler presented the vision of a celestial choir, postulating that planetary motion could fit into intricate platonic solids, and that the difference between their maximal and minimal angular speed was in harmonious proportion in relation to integers numbers, and music frequencies. Even if he later abandoned this theory (not accurate enough), it led him to formulate the famous three laws for orbiting movement.
When Einstein heard about the atomic model of Bohr, he commented that it was the "highest form of musicality on the realm of thought."
The fine-tuned Universe.
"The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the masses of the proton and the electron. ... The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life."