3D Printing is on a tear. Not only are designers such as Olivier van Herpt creating devices that can sculpt clay, they’re also stretching that concept into new, strange areas such as Jenny Filipetti’s Breath Vessels. Recently, van Herpt collaborated with Studio van Broekhoven to create Solid Vibration.
van Herpt’s printer was set above a speaker contributed by Ricky van Broekhoven, who specializes in sound design. That sound (mostly low, throbbing ambient bass noises) manipulates the printing process and leaves an impression of itself on the finished vessel.
As with Breath Vessels this project captures an ephemeral moment and preserves it in clay. The bass notes create Moiré patterns, woven, like sound stitched the pot together. You can hear the notes long after the speaker has ceased. I’d be interested in learning more about that process. It sounds as though the notes have to be very substantial, very bass-y to pick up in the clay. I’m curious whether the specialized sound studio is using frequencies that don’t register as well on Vimeo.
van Herpt states of the project:
“(Studio van Broekhoven’s) projects are often landscapes of noise that live briefly in the mind. To combine the temporal sound driven nature of his work with 3D Printing would let noisescapes become things. A moment in time, a song a sound, they can now become objects that encapsulate the moment forever. Vibrations turned into shapes by the 3D Printer. A specially constructed speaker rig mounted below the build platform produces very low sound.
“These amplify and create Moiré patterns on the 3D Printer. Olivier had noted previously that the printer produced Moiré patterns naturally. This error was an interesting one. Rather than eliminate it, he turned to sound designer Ricky and teamed up with him to see if they could make objects from sound waves.”
There’s probably an opportunity here. Custom-made vessels crafted from your favorite weirdo ambient albums. I’d love to own Lustmord’s Songs of Gods and Demons as a vase.
Bill Rodgers is the Managing Editor of cfile.daily.
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Studio van Broekhoven SoundShapeLab designs sound and music that exceed perception with merely our ears. It’s a laboratory where natural forces and processes are explored to create unique immersive environments.
It’s founded in 2012 by Ricky van Broekhoven, a musician with degrees in design and architecture. Previous collaborations have been with filmmakers, motion graphic artists, creative agencies, museums and health care institutions. Their exhibitions include InNoParticularOrder (Eindhoven, 2015), Visual Vibrations (Transnatural, Amsterdam 2015), The Green Gallery (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2015) and Once Upon a Time (Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven 2013).
Olivier van Herpt is a designer living in Eindhoven whose work finds creative applications for industrial machines. He’s exhibited at Cooper Hewitt, New York in 2016; at Maison & Objet, Paris in 2016; at Operae, Turin in 2015 and at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven in 2015.