Augmented 5th / Roxanne Nesbitt / Concrete tiles, wood, hardware / 2017-ongoing
Video documentation from March 15, 2017. Performance by Anni Lattunen, Manuela Lucia Tessi and
Based on an interest in the tonality of everyday materials, Augmented 5th is part of a larger body of
research about the intersection between music and architecture. How do the sounds of everyday objects,
spaces and bodies shape our experience? What potential do acoustic materials have to change our
behavior or perception of a space?
Concrete floor tiles are tuned like percussion instruments, exploring the possibility of generating music
and deliberate sound from mundane architectural materials. What could be more unmusical than a slab of
concrete? And yet, when the sound is considered and the tiles are detailed to behave like musical
instruments -they sing.
This project was generously supported by the Government of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council.