geffrye museum entrance

geffrye museum entrance

04_2020 around nov 2020 ?



Exploring homes, and home life, involves a rather important intimacy and familiarity. This has consequences on many anthropological and cultural aspects. Subconscious remembering helps drawing a frame that decides what a home is. The space is therefore important; space delineated by walls and depicted by objects inside. The sonic part of the piece consists exploring subconscious relations between these objects and their spaces. One does not know whether these objects are from some intimate past, from a more general natural background or simply from the present. This uncertainty is thus a rich condition for composition.
The piece will then use the most dubious and less tangible characteristics of rooms and objects: their resonances. It will explore the acoustics from several rooms but also objects themselves until one can have the impression to hear voices from within.

The museum was to open in April or June 2020. It will eventually be later.

The piece is build upon the classification of objects from the museum. Each object symbolically represents a social aspect of the British society from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Each object resonant characteristic is being recorded and 3d scanned. The latter is necessary to avoid physical contact of such fragile valuable items. This is the opportunity to digitally create a model that can later become a physical acoustic model for later finite element modal synthesis.
Here is an example using the photogrammetry (3d scan) of a horn beaker and a paper doll toy. The left picture is the actual object, the right one is the scan that will eventually be used to be re-meshed for audio synthesis:

Horn Beaker
Mollspeak 3d Horn Beaker
Paper Doll Mollspeak
Mollspeak 3d Paper Doll


The most obvious idea consists using a quadrangle mesh from the scan and simply make it resonate. But this is musically not interesting enough when one wants something else than just ringing resonant models. I therefore used other techniques for that piece and will hopefully describe some of them here in the future.

Mollspeak resonant wine bottle


Here is the most narrative element of the piece: a paper doll toy.

Here is a short list of chosen items. gesture sound is a sound signature describing the direct use of the object. resonant sound is a sound signature from the resonance of the object. It gives a more tangible idea of the used material.
— Box (gesture sound)
— Horn beaker (resonant sound)
— Paper doll (resonant sound)
— Green glass bottle (resonant sound)
— Wooden spoons (gesture sound)
— Flat metallic box/candlestick (I have not found any representing sound yet for that) (gesture sound)
— Candle snuffer (gesture sound)
— Spiral candle holder (gesture sound)
— Tidy tray (resonant sound)
— Bellows (gesture sound)
— Brass candlestick (resonant sound)
— Washboard (gesture & resonant sound)
— Tinder box (resonant sound)
— Candle box (resonant sound)
— Rushlight (resonant sound)
— Carpet beater (gesture & resonant sound)
— Book – “The Management of Servant” by a member of the aristocracy (gesture + resonant sound + text)