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ABYECTO at Miami Beach Urban Studios

On Thursday, August 28th, Miami Beach Urban Studios hosted the closing reception for ‘ABYECTO – Sonic Environment,’ an installation designed by Professor Eric Goldemberg. A “sonic mural,” ABYECTO was designed and fabricated as an intersection between music and architecture. The geometrical intricacies of the piece discuss design, object vs. environment, and ultimately, serves as a mounted speaker system amplifying music that another fabricated piece, a hand crafted guitar, creates when it is played in front of the wall mounted work.

After Professor Goldemberg talked about the work and its varied meanings, Assistant Professor of Music Jacob Sudol and Scott F. Hall performed a piece with the fabricated guitar to show off that incredible collaboration between architecture and music.

Congratulations to an amazing and innovative installation and performance!

Artist description of work:

ABYECTO is an installation designed and fabricated at FIU and resulting from the collaboration between students and faculty members in architecture and music. An ironic play of words, the title refers to recent discussions about object-oriented ontology in contemporary design. The piece sets up a productive ambiguity between object and environment privileging multiple readings as the removable guitar is un-docked from its intense geometrical environment in order to generate sound, only to return to the interactive sonic environment as passive docked object. The geometry of the piece is generated by the multiplication and modification of the guitar’s profiles, extending the qualities of the object onto a larger rhythmic field of three-dimensional curves and subtle variations that resonates with the sonic ambiance of the music performance. The three-dimensional profiles of the extended instrument are magnified and disseminated throughout the space once the sonic qualities of the installation begin to reverberate, activating a multi-sensorial field of perception that ranges from the visual to the tactile and the aural. Ultimately, the room, the mural, the guitar, the performers, and the public will be involved in the shaping of a complex, collective sensorial object.

The surface of this complex topological environment is further activated and becomes interactive using computer-generated sounds created by composer/computer musician/professor, Jacob Sudol. These sounds are emitted directly through the 3-D printed sculpture by means of handheld transducers that activate the installation as if it were the cones of a speaker to fill the space with constantly changing fields of sonic activity.

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