Monument to the Synthesizer

  • 2014
    A concept for a dimensional monument which allows the user to physically interact with and commemorate the synthesizer. The monument offers the opportunity for collaboration of multiple users to experiment with lifesize representations of all of the elements of a synthesizer. They can change wave forms and work together to create one sound. The overall focus is the synthesizer's influence on music over the years and honoring the shift from analog to digital forms of creating audio. We proposed Asheville, North Carolina, next to the Moog Factory and Studios as the build location if this project were implemented.
  • This is Robert Moog with one of his most popular synthesizers, the MiniMoog. He was an American pioneer of electronic music, best known as the founder of Moog Music. The MiniMoog debuted in 1970 and was a game changed for the making fo digital sound. It's an analog monophonic synthesizer meaning that it makes the wave forms by electronic means and makes one note as a time.
    We felt that this was a good reference to base our monument off of to represent the importance of the synthesizer to modern digital music.
  • After many hours of conceptual sketching and consideration of the different aspects of the synthesizer, we determined that we wanted an interactive space with large scale controls and full immersion of sound which would allow the visitors to manipulated a constant tone of sound. 
  • Asheville, North Carolina, next to the Moog Factory and Studios seemed like a suitable location to honor the synth. There is a vacant lot next door and it is easily visible from the street and the nearby highway.
  • We built a scaled model of our monument, but also considered the structure if it were to actually be built. We drew bluebrints and floor plans.
  • We wanted to display the wave forms of the synthesizer, one on each wall of our monument, to represent how each controller is manipulating a particular wave of sound. The floor also references the interior workings of the synth with light shing through the circuits with interaction, visually displaying the user changing the wave forms.
  • The monument is primarily built from wood referencing the use of wood in the Minimoog and other early synthesizers as a low cost, clean and functional material. A wood and metal roof covers interior electronic elements. It is an abstraction of the form of many early synths which had vertical panels with controls and also loosely references the form of an amphitheater which projects sound. 
  • There are four controllers on the interior which correspond with a different type of sound wave modification. Multiple users working together creates different effects. 
  • The experience for the user is different for the user during the day....
  • ...and at night.
  • The model of the monument actually shows the functionality of the controls. Above is a
    video demonstration.