Architectural History and Theory — Assignment 3: Sound/ Ambience.

  • Technique: As score produced by the chance encounter of unlikely sounds ( John Cage).

Fontana Mix(1958) was composed by John Cage following his notion for Concert for Piano and Orchestra. This work is made of technique of creating sounds not by rhythm but by chance of meeting those sounds. Fontana Mix is about making sounds that are thought to be useless into what he thought is also beautiful in its raw form.

Figure 1: Fontana Mix score, John Cage, 1958.

With this technique of composing sounds, I recorded my artwork in shops and roads near Central Station. The most distinguished sounds in my work consists of the noise of car engine and traffic light, the sound coins dropping in shops, small talk on the street and lastly the metallic sounds from daily interaction with furniture such as reading books.

My work is below, it is the base for me to develop the art illustration.

To illustrate this 30-second mix tape, I followed Haubenstock’s style in his Konstellationen. I could clearly see that sound is not just simple line, they have softness, sharpness that we can hear. I choose to draw my notation with my ability of sensing these attributes in the recording, feeling them from my heart not only from my hearing.

Konstellationen (Haubenstock-Ramati 1971)
Figure :Art notation for the sound clip by Lillian Pham(2017).

The first part of the recording was foot steps and soft speech on the way so I used groups of little shapes and circles to draw out these faintly soft distance sounds. With nature cooperate with the modern atmosphere of city, there will always be noise, even the slightest in our hearing capability, they are presented by 2 parallel lines with small circles accompany them.