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Copyright 2013-17

Tanya employed the architecture of Nicholas Hawksmoor as an instrument to explore the relationship between sound and geometry within form. To investigate this concept, she recorded the resonant frequency of four Hawksmoor churches. Inspired by a technique discovered by Alvin Lucier, Tanya recorded the silence of each church and played this recording back into the church while re-recording and repeated this process until the resonant frequencies of the church became audible.


The concept of architecture as frozen music and music as liquid architecture, first formulated by Goethe in XIX century, encapsulates the essence of this project. It describes how music and architecture employ the golden ratio; the geometric blueprint evident throughout nature, to express harmony.


The study of cymatics reveals that sound vibrations excite matter into geometric forms, which coincide with the golden ratio. By placing water inside a loudspeaker, Tanya discovered the hidden geometry of these resonant frequencies, hence translating sound into liquid architecture. Watching a cymatics experiment makes it possible to see that everything oscillates, vibrates, and undulates in nature, which orchestrates geometries found throughout the natural world. Tanya engraved these sound glyphs onto stone tablets in an attempt to freeze the music of the architecture onto the very stone used to construct Hawksmoor's buildings. This project aims to provoke new insights into the subtle vibrations through which all life manifests itself. Read more...


The Architecture of Sound; What Architecture Does Sound Orchestrate?

-Cymatic Experiment copy Church recording BW