Sound, Architecture, Jelly…

When considering how a structure will effect sound architects often go though many processes.  Testing and modeling is essential.

eg. recording the sound of jelly wobbling…

This jelly was recorded at University College London last year as part of an architectural jelly competition held as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

As real jellies wobbled in one of UCL’s anechoic chambers – a special room in which the walls are lined with sound-absorbent material – the oscillations were recorded by sound artist Douglas Murphy.

He says: “It is refreshing to explore the sonority of a much neglected physical property: the wobble factor. Jelly entices us into a strange but compelling world of organic sounds. The sonic wobble is captured in two ways: by carefully recording the results of gentle coaxing and by expressing the wobble frequency as physically powerful base tones.”

Prof Jonathan Ashmore, UCL Ear Institute, adds: “Ear experts have been studying jelly for decades, for collagen – one of the starting ingredients of jelly – makes up the critical components of the inner ear. The way that collagen wobbles on a very small scale is what allows us to hear different notes.”


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