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Posted by  Danny on August 13, 2003 at 19:42:32:

In Reply to:  music and architecture posted by RONNY on July 25, 2003 at 10:40:06:

The hardest thing to do is formulate the Method/Aim of your thesis. I found that mine took a few weeks to evolve, becuase I just kept coming across new ideas, composers that I'd never heard of, buildings which had musical connotations, etc.

The aim for my thesis was to investigate and analyse a range of aspects and analogies between music and architecture and their impacts in the creative process of architectural design. The work was to connect music and architecture at a structural level that can be compared with the translation process between these two "languages". It also attempted to find new and appropriate ways of initiating design whilst moving forward into professional life. It attempts to see music as a language to describe structures in time and architecture as a language to describe structures in space.

My thesis was an interactive paper, and was therefore open to the interpretation of the reader (this was very important) as it encourages readers to link sounds with architecture and to appreciate the relationships of music as a means of enhancing their approach to architectural spaces, and to the ways architecture tells a story through form and space. It attempts to reveal perceptions and tactility which exist in both music and architecture.

I think the danger with writing on this topic is that there is no right or wrong. And I guess there is no right or wrong when a musician writes a piece of music or an architect designs a building. It's all open to the mind of the viewer or listener.

I would suggest going back to the roots, and reading things such as Vitruvius' "10 books on architecture". Also look at the works of Palladio and Alberti and the way symmetry was used in their designs. Also look at serialism in music and architecture, and look at Le Corbusier's "Modulor" theory. Also look at the famous "architecture is frozen music" quote. Look at how this has been achieved in architecture, painting and also sculpture. I'd definately suggest looking at the works of Xenakis and Cage also. I'm just touching the surface with these references.

I think I've babbled on enough. One last thing...this book is a must:

"Architecture as a Translation of Music" (Elizabeth Martin). This book is a fantastic read, and it had a hige influence on my thesis.

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