Ran Zhengs synästhetische Soundfrequenz-Typographie


Ran Zhengs Abschlussarbeit LOOK/HEAR ist sowas wie ein dreidimensionales Typo-System, das sich aus Sound-Frequenzen entwickelt. Dazu hat sie Buchstaben auf ein zweidimensionales 15x15-Punkte-Grid gezeichnet und auf 9 Kanäle in den dreidimensionalen Raum verlängert, jeder der Kanäle steht für ein anderes Geräusch und durch Soundcollagierung und die unterschiedlichen Ausschläge auf den Punkten im Grid werden so Lettern erzeugt, ein synästhetischer Font. Beautiful stuff!

Hier zum interaktiv rumspielen: „LOOK/HEAR explores the relationship between scenes and soundscapes, looking and hearing. A system of aural and visual signals generates shifting typographic forms and triggers associations about people and environment.“

Im Typeroom erklärt sie ihre Arbeit: Ran Zheng wants us to feel, look and hear typography in miraculous ways:

lettersssI call architecture frozen music and I like to call type forms frozen sound. In order to built a connection between typeface and sound, I designed a complete visual system based on the sound data. You can see how different sounds manifest as dramatic shifts in shape which then change the appearance of the actual letter.

I created a 15 by 15 two-dimensional square grid and drew letters on the grid to create one single letter, and then used a 3D software to draw letters into a 3D space, repeating the letter into 9 layers, and then, I input the different 3D shapes to the letters into the grid. when the sound started, each point would affect the size and forms of the specific point on letters, and then, when the 9 layers of letters mixed together based on each sound, it would show different styles of the forms based on real time and situation.

In order to show how different the letters could be based on different situations, I chose 5 sound scenes from our familiar everyday life: a park, a street, a cafe, a subway and an office. And then selected the pair of word: “look and hear” to show the change of letters.