Sound Views of the Barbican Estate was borne out of a desire to connect sound and space through the formation of a reciprocal relationship between music and architecture. Using Chamberlain, Powell and Bon's Barbican Estate as a compositional and musical tool, I have created an interactive listening experience, which in turn fulfils an architectural role by altering the listeners' perception, experience, and usage of the Barbican’s public ‘high-rise’ space.
By embracing the oft-criticised complexity of the high-rise layout as something playful and novel, and encouraging active exploration of it, I hope not only to increase usage of the Barbican’s abundant communal space, but also to alter the nature of the listeners’ interaction with their physical environment, promoting a more active and emotionally resonant interaction with the existing architecture.
Whilst an intimacy between music and architecture can be observed in work now centuries old, modern developments in the fields of portable media and technology continue to broaden the potential for the exploration and expansion of this relationship. Over the course of the past 9 months I have learnt to write iOS applications in Objective-C, developing a software framework through which my composition may be experienced. The app monitors the user’s location, allowing them to experience different musical material dependant upon their position within the Barbican Estate.