Next tenth of February we will assist to the workshop of music intelligence, given by our friend Rafa Santos. This class is in the cycle of multiple intelligences that we organized to develop our abilities. Since now we have worked the physics one, numeric, verbal (I gave it), sensual (relative to senses) and sexual. Sexual intelligence caused many jokes before the workshop.
The next one is music intelligence and I suspect we will use a part of work from sensual one, as its relationship with hearing. Sometimes I feel it is a forgotten sense. We act so quickly and we hardly ever hear in a conscience way. We don’t stop to listen to nothing. When did you listen to a song or a music composition last time? And when did you stop to listen to a sound? Without speaking about listening people! We live with so much visual information and it’s as fast as we need a lot of sensorial impacts. We put the radio while we are driving or while we are doing other tasks. Today I support the hearing sense. Let’s give ourselves a present: some minutes of our favorite music or song. Only listenicg to it. Or another sound from nature or… from architecture!
When I studied architecture we had a subject called acoustics. It was pretty technique and we learned, basically, two questions: how to isolate spaces and how to achieve rooms with a good acoustics quality. The first one is clear: projecting the building to absorb noises and don’t disturb our neighbors. Second one tray to having a good quality of sounds in a room. Have you ever gone to a restaurant and you have not listened to your partner or friends? Have you ever staid in a room with so many echoes? They are unpleasant, aren’t they? Well, we can work it by materials, textures, relationships between planes, etc.
But I don’t want to bore to you with technique questions. I prefer thinking about more poetic faces of my profession. What sounds can edifications produce, or the courtyard of a house, or an urban space? An easy example is a park. Imagine the sound from the wind playing with trees, the song of birds and the water’s murmur. Am I so much smarmy? Anyway, we are bringing some of those sounds to our houses… for example, a fountain built in a courtyard. Islamic architecture often used this element. If you have ever visited The Alhambra, you realized the big number of fountains and water plays that there are on their gardens.
A bell sound –or noise, depending on the bell- is a part of architecture too. I want to ask to bell companies to producing them with nice sounds. We wish the announce of a visit will be pleasant, please!
What sounds are at home? Maybe your children playing or musical thread or, sometimes… the silence sound? This week I propose to have conscience of the sounds. Let’s avoid noises and enjoy sounds!