HIVE is a sculptural sound instrument, in which the design of sound and spatial geometry are taken in a unified notion ; we intend to create a harmony between the structural features, physical acoustics, and the sound design.

The first prototype of HIVE uses 16-channels of sound, with each speaker embedded within the cavities of the sculpture.

Each of these cavities act as an acoustical waveguide, and therefore affects the sound based on its dimensions. To put it simply, if the same sound is played through these cavities, it will sound slightly different from each cavity.


We see HIVE as an instrument to explore the intersection of sound design and architectural design.

The horns are asymmetrically diverging outwards which creates a sound-field around it that inherently lends itself to spatial music and soundscape compositions. It allows the exploration of sound design in the context of physical form, since the physical shape, orientation — and the way it changes the sound — needs to be taken into account during the compositional process.





This piece was shown as an installation in:
2016.May.27 | Elings Hall, UCSB, for EoYS
2016.May.28 | SBCAST, Santa Barbara, for EoYS @ SBCAST
2016.June.06 | SBCAST, Santa Barbara, for Santa Barbara 1st Thursday
2016.Dec.01-11| SBCAST, Santa Barbara, for Santa Barbara 1st Thursday (Version 2)

Further notes about the sound design are forthcoming.

By: Solen Kiratli, Akshay Cadambi
Advisor: Yon Visell
This project was funded by Re-Touch Lab and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB.
Photography: Kurt Kaminski
This project page has a sister page in Solen’s website found here