BLINDFOLDED

YEAR: 2012
PROFESSOR: KRISTINA LJUBANOVIC
TEAM: ANDREW MACMILLAN AND JUNE LEE
LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

 
 

Blindfolded is a critical analysis of a 9:26 minute walk in through the underground Path network between Toronto’s Union Station, and the city's largest office tower, First Canadian Place. The walk is done by thousands of people everyday, and as a result is an integral place to analyze and interpret acoustic information. This project maps specific sound data in order to discover those parts of the route which have the greatest acoustic richness, measured by spectral coverage both laterally and longitudinally. 

Blindfolded is a both a conclusive project in its own right, but also a departure point for looking at architecture acoustically instead of spatially. By collecting data on, and analyzing the strength of an audio frequency it becomes possible to imagine existing spaces in terms of psychoacoustic richness, and future buildings in terms of experimenting more directly with psychoacoustic experience.

FREQUENCY STRENGTH OVER TIME

 
 

Map of the spectral richness in 20 second segments (circle). Spectral richness is based on a weighted criteria which attributes higher scores to those frequencies which have higher amplitudes in a given segment. Those segments with the most high scoring frequencies are determined to be spectrally rich due to amplification across the frequency range.

PEAK AMPLITUDE CONSISTENCY OVER TIME

 
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Graph of the consistency of an audio frequency in terms of peak amplitude over time.  Each segment (circle) represents 20 seconds.

SPECTRAL RICHNESS OVER TIME

 
 

Map of the spectral richness in 20 second segments (circle). Spectral vrichness is based on a weighted criteria which attributes higher scores to those frequencies which have higher amplitudes in a given segment. Those segments with the most high scoring frequencies are determined to be spectrally rich due to amplification across the frequency range.