Architektur Musik Labor (AML)
/// 1997/2007 /// Interactive Sound Installation
/// Pierre Dutilleux, Christian Müller-Tomfelde



Whether it be the organ concert in the church, the orchestral concert in the philharmonic hall or the lecture in the auditorium, spaces transform the sound of that which is played or spoken within them. And it seems as if spaces have their own sound. This is because, depending on the size, architectonic form and layout, they reflect the manner in which sound intones in various ways and durations.
Visitors can school their listening and sensually experience the qualities of space in the architectural Music Laboratory developed by the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics. How, for example, does the music of the Beatles sound down in the cellar, in the church or at home in the living room? In virtual space those things become possible which would otherwise remain impossible: the comparison between several spaces filled with one and the same music. A menu with sound and picture source appears on the viewing screen and on the big screen which is manipulated by the visitor. A piece of music is first selected before the desired space is then chosen from a series of spaces. We hear everyday spaces, such as the bathroom, the concert hall or a train station concourse, but also purely geometric bodies, such as the cube, tube or sphere. Music sounds, it is spoken; simple sounds are there to be examined and each time the perception of these is different. The installation uses a synthetic resonance program as used at the Paris IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) which, in effect, imitates the acoustics of a particular space.

Pierre Dutilleux (*1960 in Gouvieux, Oise (F)) studies in energy technology, electronic engineering and signal processing. Before working at the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics, he worked as an engineer for acoustics and vibration dynamics at the University of Aix-en-Provence/Marseille. Dutilleux develops programs and concepts for new digital instruments and carries out research into the potential of new technologies for musicians and composers.


Christian Müller-Tomfelde (*1965 in Hamburg) studies in communications engineering. In his dissertation he researched new forms of audio-feedback for cooperative, hybrid working environments. He supervised the technical realization of the AML Installation at the ZKM and presently works at the CSIRO-ICT Centre in Sydney, Australia. He is presently occupied, among others, with human-computer-interaction in virtual haptic environments.

Architektur Musik Labor (AML), 1997/2007
ZKM | Institute for Music and Acustics

Pierre Dutilleux, Christian Müller-Tomfelde
Project director: Johannes Goebel

Version 2007
ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics /// project coordinator, software development and user-interface design: Paulo Ferreira-Lopes


Pierre Dutilleux/Christian Müller-Tomfelde, Architektur Musik Labor (AML), 1997/2007, Interactive Sound Installation, ZKM_Collection