Nicholas Cassab Gheta: Sonic Datascapes
Sonic Datascapes, an exhibition by Nicholas Cassab Gheta, a New York City-based architect and computational designer, delves into the intricate relationships between architectural representation and music notation. This series of drawings employs spectral frequency analysis to deconstruct various pieces of music into their constituent frequencies. These elements are then reimagined as computationally generated drawings, each uniquely characterized by the input music piece. The visual differences in these representations manifest as varying line weights, patterns, and densities, reflecting the distinct qualities of each musical composition. The exhibition uses the tools of architectural representation and data visualization to illuminate intricate relationships within individual pieces of music and across different genres. In many instances, these relationships reveal themselves to be hidden patterns of similarity or of deep contrast. This exhibit explores how the same piece of music can be interpreted differently in visual forms, offering viewers a new lens to appreciate the complexity and beauty of musical compositions.
A key feature of Sonic Datascapes is its interactive element. A technical demonstration of the tools used to create these drawings will be on display, allowing viewers to engage directly with the creative process. This interactive aspect not only educates but also invites attendees to experience the transformation of sound into visual art in real time.
This exhibition is an invitation to viewers to explore and perhaps redefine their understanding of the interconnectedness of music and architecture. It promises a unique experience that blends the auditory with the visual, offering new perspectives on both art forms.
Inspired by work done under Andrew Lucia and Taylan Cihan's course Sound and Image in 2013 at Cornell AAP.