Study of Lies of Sound Memory

Dylan Orgeron

Science

Interaction of Materials with Canvas

I wonder about the materials involved in the production of the piece. The process that’s required to create the charcoal used in the piece could be expanded into multiple steps. The experimentation involved in finding the proper wood, along with the techniques to actually convert the wood into usable charcoal could be documented and published. The way the charcoal interacts with the paper could also be investigated. I wonder what causes it to bind to the paper, as well as how it behaves when mixed with other mediums.






Technology

Procedural Replication

Many of the structures depicted have a shape that could reproduced via a series of functions. The entire piece could be recreated programmatically, given that the artist has a final result in mind. Breaking down the cones into a series of circles with gradually increasing radii will make it possible to arrange them in the desired positions on the canvas, skew for perspective, and then add in line segments along the out edges. The curved pipes can be mapped in the same way, using curves instead of line segments and arranging the circles slightly differently.






Engineering

Architectural Inspiration

To me, this piece has an almost blueprint like quality to it. I could imagine some sort of sculpture or structure being created using Study of Lies of Sound Memory as an influence. The tubular structures are reminiscent of Jack; the pieces would most likely be constructed similarly, though different techniques would have to be applied to create the required curves. Inspiration for an entire structure, or a smaller scale installation can be taken from Study of Lies of Sound Memory.






Art

Design Principles in Relation to Web Design

I find the techniques employed in this piece to be the most appealing aspect of it. The lack of color puts all of the emphasis on value, drawing your eye to the heaviest black areas. The same concepts can be applied to web development, in which busier areas will draw the user’s eye and can help direct their attention to the proper areas. The line weight also plays an important role, with thick, bold lines pointing the eye to certain points. The implied lines created by the grid system of a web page can also direct the user’s eye, keeping them focused on the proper content.






Mathematics

Physics of Sound Waves in Relation to Piece

Taking the piece’s title, Study of Lies of Sound Memory, into account, I thought about how sound would react in regards to the different shapes. The volume of sound would be distorted by the different cone shapes, possibly leading to an incorrectly perceived tone of the speaker. The curved pipes can also redirect the sound, creating further misperception as to the source of the sound. The pieces also appear to be floating, not connected to anything. Assuming they are in freefall, we could further hypothesize the tones that would be produced as whistling via air passing over the open ends of the tubes. What would this piece sound like as a whole?