Engineered Soundscapes (Virtual)

Engineered Soundscapes

Saba Ghole

Session 2: July 26-August 6, 2021

In Engineered Soundscapes, students will investigate the sonic qualities of different spaces to design site-specific sound sculptures or sound machines that create unique experiences. Taking inspiration from precedents like the Singing Ringing Tree, a wind powered sound sculpture by artists Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin, we will learn about the history of musical instruments, the practice of sound sculpture, the physics of sound, acoustics and the importance of participatory music in culture and society.

Through this studio, students will learn about musical concepts and sound, hand and digital prototyping, and the basics of electronics, microcontrollers and computer programming. They will learn how to integrate external sensors (from simple switches and buttons to heat/temperature, light, gas, touch) and actuators (such as motors, lights, speakers, solenoids, valves, fans) into their designs to create responsive sound sculpture/machines. Students will also learn the engineering, 3D modeling, robotics, and programming skills to bring their vision to reality.


Focus Skills/Subjects/Technologies:


   Industrial Design

   Interaction Design

   Physics (Electricity, Magnetism)




   Robotics (Arduino, Sensors, Actuators)

   Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)

   3d Modeling


  • Enrolling students must be any of the following:
    • High School Student
    • Post-High School Gap Year Student