Sonic Materiality and Agency

 

SONIC MATERIALITY AND AGENCY 


What is sound Material? 

Physical

Psychological  


Aural Materiality of sound

  • Tone / Pitch / Frequency

  • Timbre / Colour / Texture 

  • Intensity / Loudness / Amplitude 

  • Duration / Rhythm / Tempo 


Tone / Pitch / Frequency

  • 12 Step Equal Temperament Scales 

  • Whole Number Ratio - intervals and wavelength

  • Measurements of tone, melody, trained listening through music 

  • Tonal Beating

    ALVIN LUCIER - Still And Moving Lines Of Silence In Families Of Hyperbolas (Clarinet) (1972) - Performed by Samuel Dunscombe (Melbourne)


Timbre / Colour / Texture 


Intensity / Loudness / Amplitude 

Byron Scullin ‘Bass Bath’ Dark MOFO 2015 - Image: Rémi Chauvin/MONA

Byron Scullin ‘Bass Bath’ Dark MOFO 2015 - Image: Rémi Chauvin/MONA


Duration / Rhythm / Tempo 

Physical Materiality of Sound

In order to be audible to the human hear, sound requires 

  • A material, gas or object to vibrate   

  • A space to sound in

  • A listener (could be technology) 


From Chambers by Alvin Lucier and Douglas Simon (1978)

From Chambers by Alvin Lucier and Douglas Simon (1978)

Acoustic Resonance



Cymatics


The Body

  • Effects sound has on body 

  • Frequencies affect the body 

    • High frequencies to deter loiterers etc. 

    • Low Frequencies can cause illness or discomfort 

    • Sound Healing

    • Instinctively understand vibration connection through sound

  • Invisibility 


Psychoacoustics 

The Study of Sound Perception and Audiology 

How humans perceive sound 


Expanding Materiality