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Architecture x Music: Sooski

Musician and architect Sooski discusses the connections between her two creative practices:

Architecture is an imperative part of our life and environment; it affects our experiences, feelings, memories and ultimately the decisions we make. It can tap into our mind and build new meaningful experiences. Similarly when it comes to music, we associate it with memories of people and places we have visited. The sounds, songs and lyrics become deep rooted in our brains and are a part of us.

The two disciplines are so intertwined and complementary to one another that they become the subconscious force in shaping who we are. They engage with our senses and activate emotions. This is precisely why I do what I do.

I refer to myself as an artist, but to break it down for you, I’m a music producer/writer and an interior architect. Architecturally, I specialise in temporary structures (exhibitions, events and popups). As for my music, I’m not sure if it falls into any defined genre, so I’m going to go with ‘alternative’! My art represents my life; the earth I walk on is my drawing board and my playground, the people I meet along my journey and the emotions I feel are my instruments and sounds.Every art form is based on rhythm, proportion and harmony. The philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras designed on proportional principles on a quest to reveal supreme beauty and‘ the music of the heavenly spheres’.

Many architects, designers and musicians have been using such principles found in mathematics and nature in order to create a form, which raises emotions to its highest frequency. I’m constantly searching for my own harmony in both architecture and music. For me personally, I cannot do one without the other. I use ‘spatial’ sounds in my music; capturing sounds of doors creaking, knocks on different materials and random noises and movements in space. I reverse them and then use them as a percussion or tonal textures. I believe this makes my sound more genuine, ‘lived in’ and familiar to the ears. Of course, no two people will associate ‘home’ to the same sounds and therefore the experience will vary from one person to another.

The German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe got to the heart of the matter when he said “Architecture is frozen music”!

You just get the emotions in 3D as a spatial whole rather than an experience over time! It’s very important for me to engage with human senses, so when it comes to responding to a client’s brief, I question what emotions are to be triggered in the desired outcome. Once this is established in my head, I will then design accordingly using my own library of emotions. I believe this way of designing makes the spaces more authentic and real where visitors’ experiences are heightened.

I’d like to leave you with this quote from one of my favourite architects of all time: “When I see architecture that moves me, I hear music in my inner ear.” — Frank Lloyd Wright.