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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2008 (PC020404.07) ➔ Visual Audition: The Integration of Sound and Light Phenomena


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Travis Watson (designer)
Derek Porter (thesis advisor)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)
Margaret Maile (thesis advisor)
Enrique Peiniger (thesis advisor)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)




The following manuscript discusses the logic and opportuniti es for adding to the design vernacular of lighting and architecture the necessity to design for the integration of sound and light phenomena. It was once widely held that two perceptive systems, auditory and visual, were in isolation from each other and dealt specifically with their respective phenomena. Recent scientific study has shown that there is significant overlap and dissemination of informati on between the two perceptive systems. This intercommunication between the two systems helps us to better localize ourselves within an environment. It is the purpose of this manuscript to describe in detail the ways in which we receive the two flux phenomena and what role they play in describing temporality and spatiality. The integration of the two systems provides opportunity in design to pay particular attention to this specific area and utilize these findings to create environments that are more attune in communicating to the participant. Further understanding of employment of these findings is explored with the proposal of a physical manifestati on meant to effectively employ the ideas discussed in the research porti on of this thesis. Grants National Memorial in the Upper Westside of Manhattan in New York City is used an example for means of effective employment of the concepts discussed. It is the purpose of this manuscript to evolve the discussion of light and sound integration and how it might become a permanent fixture in the dialogue that accompanies any design.



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