Observing Sound

by Max Greening and Catherine He

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In January of 2015, architecture student Catherine He and I traveled to Scotland in search of the Inchindown Fuel Depot and its unparalleled reverberation time of 75 seconds.

The goal of the visit was to gain first hand experience of the physical space and acoustic phenomenon, while gathering audio and video documentation. This documentation was used for Catherine's thesis project "Observing Sound", in which she designed a hypothetical complex within the existing depot.

After building a 3D acoustics model of the fuel depot and proposed project, impulse responses were calculated. By using these impulse responses in conjunction with a series of field recordings, I was able to accurately create a "sonic rendering" of the new space.

The original sonic rendering was mixed for a quadraphonic system and presented on April 23, 2015 at the University of British Columbia.

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In this download you will find a stereo mixdown of the rendering, split into separate tracks for each area of the complex. To request the quadraphonic version, please contact Catherine directly at: catherine.he@alumni.ubc.ca

The download also includes an interactive PDF of the final thesis report which explains the project in full.

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More about Observing Sound can be found at: somespaceelse.com/portfolio/observing-sound

You can watch a video version of the stereo rendering at: vimeo.com/139670626

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released September 19, 2015

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