The Bartlett School of Architecture


Sound | Making | Space – Architecture | Sound | Music

11 May 2017, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Live concert in an old theatre: image for Sound Making Space event on 11 May 2017

The Bartlett Sound Making Space Doctoral Network focuses on current issues and debates in sound + space + architecture research. We aim to bring together a wider, more diverse group of researchers and practitioners who think about and engage with space and the urban environment through sound and music.

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The Bartlett Sound Making Space Doctoral Network


Room G.12 The Bartlett, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB

Architecture | Sound | Music 

The historical relationship between sound and space has produced a series of performative spaces, whose development can be considered to be a reciprocal and generative process. Combined successes or failures have led to the halls and venues we have today.

Developments in both sound and space have, maybe until the mid-20th Century, benefited positively in this fertile relationship. Yet more music is being written for the formless void of headphone listening, and the car interior, with the illusion of spatial volume and materiality being applied at a whim, with electronic reverberation algorithms. If the two creative processes are seen to be divorced, can the creative development of either discipline continue as it had? Have we reached and passed a ‘peak’ in terms of a conjoined design relationship?

This seminar seeks to re-align developments in musical composition with architectural acoustics: how can the reciprocal iterative relationship that once existed between music makers and space makers be reinstated? 

Invited speakers

Raf Orlowski | Ramboll Acoustics

The Interaction between Acoustics, Music and Architecture in Renaissance Churches in Venice 

Max Reinhardt | BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

Playing the Building 

Paul Bavister | Bartlett, UCL

Evolutionary acoustic Environments 

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