Electronic vehicles do not make any noise anymore. Unlike most of the cars driving on our roads today, they can't be heard at slow speeds. Like many other elements of the new cars, the new sounds are based strongly on what we are used to. But just using harmonized noise of a combustion engine, as is often today, causes a lack of authenticity. NOISE, developed in cooperation with BMW AG, researches different possible techniques to bridge this gap between purpose and sound.
The project contained of an aesthetic research, which aimed to visualize the difference between noise and sound. For this a broad variety of sounds were recorded and visualized. It was also crucial to investigate the human sense of hearing. How does our perception differentiate between noise and sound? Which noise is overheard and which is a risk to our health?
With various techniques different sounds where visualized, Through studying and simulating the resonant frequencies of different geometries, a coherence between the visual and acoustic was created.
The final outcome of the research project were two large sculptures (60x60cm) which where produced for Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milan to make the difference between noise and sound perceivable through different senses and raise awareness for the problem of traffic noise pollution in our cities. One of the sculptures was a visualization of the noise of a luxury limousine on a liquid, while the other sculptures featured a comparable sound, which contained the blue print noise as deconstructed into pure tones and harmonized to not superimpose but to erase each other.
This research project was the foundation to the development of the adaptive sound concept VOICE. A project which redefines our understanding of traffic noise as layered communication.