Tunable Sound Cloud

Mani Mani*

Posted on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 2:57 am

The Tunable Sound Cloud is an acoustic liner designed to enhance one’s auditory experience within a generic space.

Up until the early 20th century, there had been an intimate relationship between an architectural space and the music generated within it (chamber music/palace chambers, Baroque music/opera houses). Contemporary demands for flexibility in a range of acoustic effects within performance halls rely on the strategic placement of acoustic panels. The Tunable Sound Cloud is an acoustic liner designed to enhance one’s auditory experience within a generic space. It is comprised of triangulated panels that can dynamically change shape to adjust to various acoustic needs, thereby simulating highly specific auditory spatial configurations. Actuated with a matrix of shape memory alloys and stepper motors, and controlled through Arduino micro-controllers, the surface responds in real-time to the acoustic needs of its environment. The auditory data is streamed through microphones and analyzed through MAX/MSP software which adjusts the skin surface for sound reflection/absorption in different scenarios. The architectural surface becomes yet another instrument for the deployment of an acoustic effect.

*Advisors: Christos Marcopoulos and Carol Moukheiber


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