Sound Cartography of The Alhambra. The Sound of Water as a Forming Element of the Place.

Josep Cerdà 


This article presents the research about a whole new unprecedented aspect in the study of The Alhambra of Granada: the Sound Cartography of the monument. The
Sound Landscape of the Alhambra has been studied by several authors (Iges, Panigua, Pelinski), but our main contribution is establishing the parameters of a geometrical
and compositional study of this space, from which geocalized recordings were made by means of taping a binaural head: a recording system to capture three-dimensional sound as we are able to feel during an itinerary over the real space. Sound Cartography is the term we use to define and analyze the location of sound in the space. To date what had been recorded is the space of royal palaces through conventional microphonics with stereo recording. In our research, we have set certain recording parameters
by geolocalizing of sounds in the space with the help of microsounds placing, and through the itineraries of water as sound source. It has been performed a geometrical
research of the spaces, it has also been set the feasible itineraries in the rooms and gardens of The Alhambra, in order to eventually set complex recording parameters
where the sound features of every room and garden 
performed by means of the geometrical itinerary in the space from the harmonic and regulating outlines of the monument.


Alhambra; Hispano- Muslim art; sound cartography; soundscape; architectural acoustics.


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