Textile sound design
2008 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
This thesis aims at developing conceptual and methodological tools in order to
adapt sound within the textile design area. Occupational groups working with sound
are to a large extent problem driven. Accordingly, textile designers working with
sound- affecting properties of textiles concentrate on their dampening qualities. The
ambition with this research project is to make suggestions how textile designers can
work practically with textile sound design, in a more nuanced way.
The overall aim of the thesis is to develop a vocabulary to make textile designers
able to express the sound affecting qualities of textiles in a language full of nuances.
As a starting-point the thesis briefl y describes commonly used methods and
processes used to describe the expressiveness of a design, followed by a more
thoroughly analyze of the textile design process illustrated by a practical example.
These studies constitute a foundation to make it possible to see in what way these
methods and processes will be affected when sound is added as new design tool.
By studies of two sound design models, the fi rst attempts to develop a vocabulary
concerning how to describe sound affecting qualities of a textile are developed.
Research focusing on language issues, especially on the development of conceptual
tools done at the research institute CRESSON, provides descriptive sound
concepts, “sound effects”, embracing the interaction between human and his sound
environment. These concepts are followed by a model of how to describe just a
sound or “sound object” in “itself” (not in relation to anything else), developed by
Pierre Schaeffer. These theoretical models have been complemented with empirical
studies in form of a survey, named LISTEN. Interviews were performed from a
phenomenological perspective. A number of informants were asked to tell about
the sound environment and single sounds occurring at their working places. The
interviews were interpreted from a phenomenographic perspective. A number of
design projects are fi nally presented as practical examples of different ways to work
with textiles and sound.
The theoretical models provided by Schaeffer have been used to make the fi rst
systematic attempts to describe sound environments; sounds and textiles sound
Since the model presented by Schaeffer is developed to be used within musical
composition the concepts have to be additionally modifi ed to be a useful tool within
the textile design area. The thesis presents just the fi rst attempts to use this model.
The next step to take in the research project is to adjust the theoretical systems of
CRESSON and Schaeffer to suit the special area of textile design. The interactive
ideas of a sound-affecting textile will also be a subject of further development.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers Univeristy of Technology and Göteborg University. , 2008.
textile design, sound design, acoustics, pierre schaeffer, sound absorbing textiles, Textil design
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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