The concept for this project was based on the idea that sound is tangible and deeply influential in how we perceive a space. Its intention was to recognise the natural soundscape as a form of art itself and therefore encourage field recording for contemporary sound installations and electronic music. In architecture sound is almost always excluded from the design criteria, with the exception of projects such as concert halls in which specialist acousticians are often used specifically for noise abatement. This gallery intentionally goes against these traditional ideas of sound in architecture and aims to invite the natural soundscape, therefore creating spaces for contemporary sound art and field recording. In doing this the naturally evolving sound becomes part of the architectural composition, bringing 'time' into a spatial and visual discipline.
The inspiration for this project originally came from witnessing a sound installation at the National Gallery of Victoria. Following this I studied other soundscape artists such as John Cage and Zimoun who explores the concept of sonic architecture. I wanted to record the sonic character of these contemporary art installations into my electronic music and therefore decided to design a gallery purposely for sound art and electronic music composers. The phenomenological approach to architecture by Peter Zumthor was also influential in understanding the importance of sound and its contribution to the mood and atmosphere of a given space.
Located in just north of the Museum Quarter, the Amsterdam Soundscape Gallery would become a contribution to the existing galleries and museums that form this region of Amsterdam. Within this area are recognised museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Stederlijk Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum, all of which identify art as a visual format. The Amsterdam Soundscape Gallery is intended to introduce the idea that sound too, is a form of art.
GALLERY SPACES FOR CONTEMPORARY SOUND ART, SONIC INSTALLATIONS & FIELD RECORDING
RETAIL & MARKET SPACES FOR RECORD STORES AND INSTRUMENT SHOPS
CLASSROOM SPACES AND PRODUCTION STUDIOS FOR LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS