Sailboat Studio Acoustic Diagram

IMG_4844An acoustic diagram of my sailboat studio, which has as well been my residence. The colors represent different frequencies of the spectrum, and how they filter through various chamber and compartment resonances. The main central cabin, as illustrated, has concave forms which act as subtle parabolic reflectors, allowing for reduction of standing waves often associated with rectangular forms. Continuation of this throughout the boat entirety reinforce this phenomena. Its also relatively symmetrical formally and sonically due to its design of bulkhead and partial wall perimeters, in the main cabin especially. Furthermore, the resonant wood chambers serve to act as speaker like cabinets, enhancing sub, low, and mid frequency levels with minimal needed amplification, allowing for a natural well balanced sound and a reasonably fair sonic representation of monitored material. Lastly, the empty dry bilge (outlined in yellow) acts as well as a sub frequency fundament, which is along with 1/3 to 1/4 of the entire cabin, submerged under water.  The water acts as both a chamber insulator and a simultaneous resonant extension. Alan B. Richmond jr. / audioeins Copyright 2017. #audioeins #sailboatstudio #nautical #maritime #acoustics #resonances #sound #experimentalsound

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odetosea

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‘odetosea’ a new track posted to the audioeins soundcloud page www.soundcloud.com/audioeins (link to the right). This track was developed utilizing Native Instruments Form synthesis instrument (in demo mode), with samples courtesy of Deru and Native Instruments, as well as surprise featured performances by my seagull and goose friends from the harbor where my sailboat studio residence is moored on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State in the Pacific Northwest USA, as well as personal unreleased guitar archive recordings. Further descriptions are posted at the audioeins_ Instagram page. In the soundcloud odetosea track description, i also included a list of utilized samples with the completed track. Alan B. Richmond Jr. / audioeins, Copyright 2017. #audioeins #odetosea #sailboatstudio #nautical #sea #nature #seagull #goose #wallofsound #noise #experimentalmusic #minimal #edm #pacificnorthwest #olympicpeninsula #washingtonstate #usa

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RT60: SR Crown Hall Building, IIT

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Posted to audioeins_ Instagram (with video loop):

Continued progress on Impulse Response edits of the Mies van der Rohe SR Crown Hall Building at IIT in Chicago Illinois USA for RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound and its archive. Here is a fragment of an acoustic Impulse Response of the interior main hall space, with emphasis on the final stage of reverberating decay. Much like the recent 5 part series presented here on the multiple facets of an impulse response and its constituent sonic components, i have decided to share this additional example, as its one of the most definitive i have seen / heard, and also translates even through the degraded stages of audio translation in material i present here. For the purposes of posts and illustrations here, and the sake of preserving archive and project integrity and time, sound files are typically secondary and taken only from monitor speaker sources rather than direct digital, so most often they have significant detail loss, have imparted secondary acoustic attributes, have some form of frequency loss / addition, and are not highest fidelity. Here, despite those aspects, distinction can still be fairly clearly heard and since this subtle sonic component is not always so identifiable, ive decided to post it. Note the envelope characteristic as this file fades from start towards end, especially between the 3 lines in center frame. This can be heard in the lower mid range ‘hum’ as well as the highest frequency noise ‘hiss’. Using those two signals as the template, if one listens well enough to the entire sound as a whole, the broad range of the impulse response, an arching descending envelope of timbre and pitch can be heard. This is the sound of the rooms acoustic resonances, the final stages of the sound where the space itself imprints and sustains its identity, revealing size, structures, and surfaces of the vessel, cavity, and architectural construct. At the final line, the crescendoing high frequency is the resurgence of the noise floor. Alan B. Richmond / audioeins. Copyright 2017 #audioeins #rt60 #experimentalsound #acoustics #modernarchitecture #modernism #miesvanderrohe #srcrownhall #iit #bauhaus #grahamfoundation #audioeasealtiverb

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Waves Of Modernism

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In Waves Of Modernism, I am exploring the relationships, influences, and congruencies of luminaries, aesthetics, principles, and achievements of the 20th Century Modernism movement, and of the structural forms and surfaces of my 1970s French made sailboat, where I currently have a small studio space in the main cabin, and continue to work on various projects, including RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound which focuses on Landmark 20th Century Modern Buildings. As mentioned in a previous post, the reflections and resemblances to Haus Le Corbusier, Frankfurter Küche, the work of Eames Office, and others, are many. Here, Acoustic Impulse Response and other sonic sampling and recording processes within my sailboat can be seen amidst modern graphic forms and surfaces reminiscent of the The Frankfurter Küche (Frankfurt Kitchen) in the Ernst May Haus in Frankfurt am Main Germany, one of the buildings of RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound. Designed in 1926 by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in collaboration with Ernst May as part of Das Neue Frankfurt (The New Frankfurt) social housing project, this kitchen was a highly advanced modern approach to the kitchen, its working processes, and importance for better and more efficient design and use. Schütte-Lihotzky utilized mathematics and geometry to calculate food preparation motions and logistics within the kitchen to inform its design. Utilitarian compartmentalism, a first of many features introduced in this kitchen, made organization optimal, much like that needed on boats and ships. All subsequent modern and contemporary approaches to simple, clean, efficient kitchen designs follow in the wake of this masterpiece and its influences that still hold high standards even in today’s architectural realms and movements. More information can be found at Ernst May Gesellschaft in Frankfurt Germany and online, MoMA collection website, and other online sources. Alan B. Richmond / audioeins. Copyright 2017. #rt60 #audioeins #experimentalsound #acoustics #sailboatstudio #nautical #modernism #modernarchitecture #margareteschüttelihotzky #FrankfurtamMain #frankfurterküche #ernstmay #ernstmaygesellschaft #frankfurtromerberg #Deutschland #dasneuefrankfurt #UnitedStatesofAmerica #grahamfoundation

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Waves Of Modernism

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In Waves Of Modernism, I am exploring the relationships, influences, and congruencies of luminaries, aesthetics, principles, and achievements of the 20th Century Modernism movement, and of the structural forms and surfaces of my 1970s French made sailboat, where I currently have a small studio space in the main cabin, and continue to work on various projects, including RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound which focuses on Landmark 20th Century Modern Buildings. As mentioned in a previous post, the reflections and resemblances to Haus Le Corbusier, Frankfurter Küche, the work of Eames Office, and others, are many. Here, Acoustic Impulse Response and other sonic sampling and recording processes within my sailboat can be seen amidst modern graphic forms and surfaces reminiscent of the Haus Le Corbusier of the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart Germany, one of the buildings of RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound. This Le Corbusier masterpiece, a UNESCO Heritage Site built in 1927 for a group housing exposition of Modern Architecture under direction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was designed utilizing Le Corbusier’s 5 points of Architecture, and modeled after ship and cruise liner concepts in styling, compartmental efficiency, and to a sense of openness to light and natural surroundings as can be found in state rooms, cabins, and on decks. Alan B. Richmond Jr. / audioeins. Copyright 2017. #audioeins #experimentalsound #acoustics #sailboatstudio #nautical #modernism #modernarchitecture #lecorbusier #hauslecorbusier #stuttgart #UNESCO #miesvanderrohe #bauhaus

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Waves Of Modernism

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In Waves Of Modernism, I am exploring the relationships, influences, and congruencies of luminaries, aesthetics, principles, and achievements of the 20th Century Modernism movement, and of the structural forms and surfaces of my 1970s French made sailboat, where I currently have a small studio space in the main cabin, and continue to work on various projects, including RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound which focuses on Landmark 20th Century Modern Buildings. As mentioned in a previous post, the reflections and resemblances to Haus Le Corbusier, Frankfurter Küche, the work of Eames Office, and others, are many. Here, the plywood work of Charles and Ray Eames comes to mind through the cabin forms and surfaces of the boat floors, settees, and compartments. In the 1940s, The Eames Office experimented with modern processes and technology to produce molded plywood forms, which were contracted by the U.S. Military during World War II for splints, stretchers, and other needed implements (splint in upper left courtesy of Eames Office Shop, where original packaged splints from this historic  era are available for purchase). Subsequently, the Eames utilized these techniques to create some of the most iconic forms of modern seating the world has known (images in upper left courtesy of Herman Miller website, where original Eames designs are available for purchase). #audioeins #experimentalsound #acoustics #sailboatstudio #nautical #modernism #modernarchitecture #eames #eamesoffice #hermanmiller

 

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Waves of Modernism

 

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The aesthetics of modernism not only make for enjoyable and inspiring surroundings, but as well draw correlations for me in my investigations and examinations of modern ethos, especially when it comes to my work in audio / sound. When i first stepped aboard my sailboat during acquisition inquiry, i was immediately comforted by a familiarity of attributes that for much of my life have intrigued and inspired me, and for the past several years in Germany had the pleasure and privilege to be surrounded by and to visit as part of my creative practice and research, as well as through the multitude of amazing collections in the many museums and landmark buildings I frequented. I knew immediately that this boat was for me, and its stylish 1970s french heritage had the accoutrements of what it is i seek in structures, forms, and surfaces. Particularly noteworthy in this post, was the sink and vanity in the head compartment, which i found reminiscent of the renowned Panton chair, and Bayer boat interior exhibitions of the 1960s. Each day, im amidst forms and surfaces that remind me of these works of Panton, Charles and Ray Eames and their innovative minimal plywood work, Le Corbusier, specifically the Haus Le Corbusier at the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart Germany, which was inspired and modeled after cruise liners and ship cabins (more to come on this in future updates) as well as the efficiency of space and design of the Frankfurter Küche, and of Bauhaus and its many luminaries. Chair images courtesy of Vitra website and museum, where the Panton chair is available for purchase. #audioeins #experimentalsound #nautical #maritime #sailboat #modernism #modernarchitecture #Bauhaus #lecorbusier #frankfurterkuche #hauslecorbusier #pantonchair #vernerpanton #eames #vitra

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RT60: SR Crown Hall Building at IIT, Glass

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Continuing detailed edits and archival preparation of Impulse Responses. Pictured here is another edited sample of the large glass panes of the Mies van der Rohe SR Crown Hall Building at IIT in Chicago Illinois USA for RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound. Note the long modulating decay as better seen in this more condensed screen view than the sample levels of recent series. This particular impulse response is approximately 2 full seconds in duration, with distinct, deep, resonant modulation lasting well into the decay, and the main visible waveform is longer than 1 full second (approximately 1.5) in duration, which demonstrates the immense architectural surfaces of this building, in this case the entire perimeter structure, that resonate and vibrate, somewhat like a large microphone diaphragm or transducer, or those of some loudspeaker systems. This notion, when considering announced recent findings of the acoustic / structural relations, waveform likenesses, congruencies, and imprinted material / acoustic signatures is thought provoking, especially as the modernist theory is to minimize a buildings elements to essential qualities and as part of this endeavor to provide minimal separation of a building to its natural surrounding environs, with resultant unity and transparency. This as well seems a fitting attribute as much in sound waves as it is in those of visuality and light.

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RT60: SR Crown Hall Building at IIT Chicago

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Today on this historic birthdate of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, I am pleased to announce further work and findings in the project RT60: The Authenticity Of Space Through Sound. There have been a multitude of methods and discoveries in the RT60 research project, some which have been shared at the audioeins_ Instagram page, and others that will be announced and explained at the audioeins.com website and in future published materials. But for today, in honor and celebration of the life and work of Mies van der Rohe, I am sharing photographs of waveforms of both acoustic and material (large glass panes which serve as structural perimeter walls of the entire building) Impulse Responses, which very clearly share specific similar characteristics that represent one of the most distinct sonic identities (or sonic fingerprint) of the SR Crown Hall Building at IIT in Chicago Illinois USA. This building is considered by many, including Mies himself, as a masterpiece and representation of ideals and methods to which Mies upheld and aspired to throughout his career, as well as those of Bauhaus and the 20th Century International Modern Architecture movement. Why this finding is important, is that it visually illustrates that which is heard, a distinct fast ‘fluttering’ modulated reverberation and material decay. What this reveals is the direct correlation between the acoustic atmospheric space of a buildings interior, and its constituent structural materiality. As sound emanates from within, as well as possibly outside of, through, and into a space, the sonic attributes behave similarly and the sound wave reflections and absorbtion by materials take on a congruency and likeness of sound wave character, with possible entrainment, as the entire structure and space begin to resonate. This is seemingly the result of the acoustic sound waves reflecting and taking on the characterisitc set forth by the particular properties of the predominant structural and boundary forms and surfaces, in this case, large glass panes, and imprinting them onto interior acoustics. Further investigation will continue.

 

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