Sound art

Singing Ringing Tree by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu

The hilly landscape outside Burnley in Lancashire, England, has been adorned with a unique sculpture called “The Singing Ringing Tree”.  The creation, erected in 2006,  is designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu, who were inspired by wind organs. The pipes in the sculpture generate tones when stroked by the wind. Length, design and cooperation between the pipes affects the melodies you can hear when the wind blows over the rugged landscape.

In 2007 the creators won The National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence. Read more here and here. Movie by jonathanbrind

Revoicing the striated Soundscape (2012) – Jordan Lacey

“Revoicing the Striated Soundscape”, Melbourne, is a project that brings life to air conditioners and provides them the ability to communicate with people passing by. The soundscape of the city, constantly affected by the dull buzz from those machines, is hereby given a more attractive voice. A sense of dialogue between the city and its citizens is thus created, and a disturbing noise is turned into art.

This clip starts with a section of Melbournes general soundscape. Read more

Urban Green (2011) USIT and Light Architecture

 The installation “Urban Green” was conceived in a collaboration between the Urban sound instiutute and Light architecture. The conceptual installation, located below a bridge in Stockholm, raises question about the connection between city-nature-culture as well as sensory impressions. The installation is based on a combination of sound, light and smell.

Sound design: Clas Torehammar, Tyréns, Björn Hellström, Urban Sound Institute. Light design: Isabel Villar, Joonas Saaranen. Light architecture about the project