Hey there! This is the PDF of me, Zhong Wei and Daphne’s City, as well as our group’s collective moodbox. As the actual PDF is too big to be uploaded onto OSS (and compressing it makes the image quality really bad hais), this is the Google Drive link where it can be viewed and downloaded:
Hey there!! This is the write up for our moodbox that my group individually made as a precursor to the City of Voids. Using some resonating tonebars, claves and finger cymbals, me, Daphne and Zhong Wei managed to come up with two pieces, keeping in mind to have a dominant, subdominant and subordinate sounds in the piece.
This one is the first one, which sounds sort of melancholic and mysterious.
For the second piece, we decided to make it more lighthearted with a different sort of composition as well.
Here’s the instruments we used!
For my moodbox, I chose to go with the piece I preferred more, which was the second happier tune. I analysed the piece in Audacity to see the dominant, subdominant and subordinate sounds easier.
Specifically, the dominant was the resonating tone bars, the finger cymbals the subdominant and the claves the subordinate.
Resonating tone bars
Clear and ringing, lingering, flowing
Blocky, clear, crisp
After a night of staying in ADM till 2am, I finished my mood box!! As I didn’t have a lot of materials on hand and I wanted it to be made out of one material, I chose to use purely paper.
Essentially the whole structure is made out of strips of paper.
I wasn’t aware we had to stick closely to number of notes, so I decided to take a more abstract route of describing the quality of the sound visually. As the sound was clear and ringing and flowing to me, I decided to do something planar and curvey. I thought it would look interesting to have the curves variate in their crests and troughs, and I covered the bottom of the box with them to show that they were a constant base in the music.
I made the strips thinner than the strips at the bottom of the box to show their subdominance. As the finger cymbals had a scrapey sound, I scored the strips to create creases and folds. However, because they were played by circling and tapping, I decided to illustrate the difference in motions by leaving one of the strips as it was.
I tried to bring across the blocky and interruptive nature of the claves by placing it right in the middle of the waves, with two blocks to show the two notes. However, I made them two different sizes because I thought it’d be interesting, but Cheryl’s suggestion was to make them the same size because the two notes had no variation. Which made perfect sense and also because I had difficulty propping up the longer block. :’) Such an ugly wire I cry!!
Overall, Daphne, Zhong Wei and I had very different and interesting moodboxes that reflected our different aesthetics and perceptions of the music! Next up is our collective moodbox and city. 🙂
Hey guise!! This is my post on researching modular structures for Project 4 of Foundation 3D. :-)))
In general, modularity refers to the degree to which a system’s components may be separated and recombined. This concept is found in many aspects in the world, but I’ll be focusing on nature and built environment.
MODULARITY IN NATURE
When it comes to nature, what the module is exactly can be seen in a number of different ways.
1. It may be used to refer to organisms that have an indeterminate structure wherein modules of various complexity may be assembled without strict limits on their number or placement. This is shown clearly in plants, who have different components like leaves or twigs that are arranged to form a whole plant.
2. The term has also been used in a broader sense in biology to refer to the reuse of homologous structures across individuals and species. It can refer to how organs and bones act as modules to make up the entire organism, whereas some prefer to look at more basic units of life, like the cell or genes, as modules that form organisms.
MODULARITY IN BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Architecture can be split into two types:
Architecture in which the number of functions is considerably larger than the number of components, which implies that some components are involved in delivering multiple functions.
A system composed of separate components that can be connected together. You can replace or add any one component (module) without affecting the rest of the system.
GOOD: Modularity in architecture is more practical and cost-saving as the designs are maximised from a limited number of components, resulting in more productive building.
NOT SO GOOD: However, over-doing it may result in inefficient performance and the repetition leading to a loss of design identity.
1. Charles De Gaulle International Airport – Terminal 2E, Paris, France
The road infrastructure is part of the site’s entire composition as roads and viaducts come together and converge at the center of the terminal, flanked by two modules on each side.
All these modules, located at the heart of the aircraft area, form four narrow 60 meter-wide buildings where travelers can see aircrafts from the road. Each module is covered with trapezoidal shells forming four radiating arcs when seen from the sky.
2. Traditional Japanese rooms
The usage of standard tatami mats to plan out the sizes of rooms is considered a way of using modules. However, apart from that, the rooms are also divided into different parts that can be seen as different modules as well. Apart from the tatami, there is also the fusuma, the sliding doors in a room, and the shoji, the translucent sliding doors. The tokonoma refers to the alcove of the room, and the chigaidana are the built-in shelves.