PRINT March 1971

Sound Architecture

1. Definition

A LINE IS AN INFINITE series of points.

A line of sound is produced when sound moves along a series of loudspeakers, from one loudspeaker to another.

Space can be defined by lines.

Lines of sound can also define space: space-through-moving-sound.

1.1 Space Through Moving Sound

In many examples a large number of loudspeakers have been used to distribute sources of sound and eventually to produce a movement of sound in space. The examples are almost exclusively works by musicians and composers, i.e., the message is a musical one, whatever the definition of music is. The movement of sound in three dimensions, therefore space itself, is the message. Sound in space. Music.

Architectural space, however, is not a total message in itself. It makes something possible, but it becomes fully meaningful only when it is used in an appropriate way. The architectural space can be an indication of

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