Aresty calls herself a "sound composer" and is constructing a piece of music built on the sounds of nature and everyday life in
They are the sounds of such things as water hitting metal, birds, wind in trees, frogs -- sort of the horns and clarinets of nature.
While her work at assembling the sounds is noteworthy, so will be the performance of the piece. She says the music will be structured in an ever-changing fashion by a computer program that will measure heat, humidity, wind, precipitation and other features to determine what is appropriate.
The sounds will be produced by 12 speakers in the atrium of the LEED Platinum-certified building. But, she says, it also will be played by the building itself when some of the glass will be used as transducers.
Golan Levin from
Levin calls Aresty's work "generative music" because of the way it will be generated by the elements read by the computer program.
"Instead of fixed pieces, the computer with make it sound different all the time," he says.
He says seasonal elements of the computer program will make sure the sounds in the atrium are not inappropriate. For that reason he calls it a "year-long piece of music."
Aresty has gathered and is gathering sounds from all over the area -- on the rooftop garden of the center, riverfront trails, neighborhoods. She says the place doesn't matter "as much as the time of day."
Piacentini appreciates that comment. He invited her to his home in
His appreciation of that noise -- and the lack of others -- led to Aresty coming to
That search was prompted by his effort to keep the center an actively engaging building for staff and visitors. Another aspect was an effort to solve an issue created by the solidity of the building.
"I walked through the building once in February," he says, "and it was deadly quiet. All the windows are triple-paned, and it was eerie."
He calls that blockade of nature "un-
The attempt appears to have worked, says
"We kept getting comments from people on how different it was to actually hear things," she says.
Her soundscape in
Aresty has her bachelor's degree in music composition from the
She says her studies always have been centered on using natural sounds, work that goes back to
Aresty says she started adding electronics in her studies at
CMU's Levin says that mixture of composition and technology was one the elements that made the pairing between the university and the conservatory seem attractive. The university could provide the electronics she needed while
He calls it a "great collaboration" in the way it gives the creative inquiry program an area of study and also helps
"She is creating a piece of sonic architecture where sound co-exists with the building," he says.
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