NOISE CONTROL / SOUNDING SURFACES
Auditory impressions significantly influence the intermodal perception of space. While vision is fragmentary, focussed to catch events in front of us, omnidirectional listening renders possible orientation and perception in three-dimensional space. Hearing works continously, we hear events that are next to us or happen in the distance, we can not close our ears like eyes. How pleasurable a space is perceived substantially depends on its sonic atmosphere. Varying ways of usage lead to differing demands on sonic atmospheres of spaces.
From the perspective of listening space can be newly-discovered, newly-arranged, newly-created. It is possible to develop and modify future and existing spaces as well as urban and architectural situations by sonic design oriented on human needs – functionally differentiated, aesthetically stimulating, socially acceptable. Sound can be wanted or unwanted, it can be produced or reduced.
Ongoing research focuses on the development of a novel technique of sound reduction particularly in regards to bass frequencies, a system for public space that can be used inside as well as outside. Designed as a light weight structure the functionality of the system is accomplished by a sculptural solution. Another exploratory focus is on the development of innovative material systems for sound production. Combining research on the macro-, micro- and nano level we aim to develop novel materials, used for surfaces and walls, that can produce sound in the whole fequency range.