Sound has the capacity to move us and it evolves over time and space.
Sound travels in waves and whilst we believe it is something intangible – that we cannot touch – we do feel it in its physical form. We feel sound through the energy it emits and the vibrations of it that literally pulse through our sensitive bodies. Sound, however, is not just noise (the undesirable and complicated background aspect of all media). We hear noise all of the time (our auditory perception), but when we listen, we discern particular sounds from the noise. Reverberation is the term for our interpretation of sounds once noise has occurred.
Music has been a popular medium for centuries; however, it is constantly evolving. David Byrne’s TED Talk, ‘How Architecture Helped Music Evolve‘, details the evolution process of sound in the form of music through the evolution of concert venues. Byrne explains that music is made specifically for its settings – its particular context. Music that you hear at Opera, for example, would not be played at a stadium. Different venues adopt different styles of music, in other words. The evolution of sound in this context plays on personal experiences, wherein individuals can hear the detail of the music as it plays. This is a practice of controlling noise.