soundWAVES. Tallinn’s new architectural pioneers build stages for Tallinn Music Week festival
Photo: Tõnu Tunnel
Two Estonian architects, Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam, have been leading a group of students in the Department of Interior Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts in designing and building three wave-inspired stages for city-space open-air concerts; in addition, the stages double as sound installations. The soundtrack for the installations was provided by Musicity Tallinn, a collaboration between BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and DJ Nick Luscombe, soundmaster Steve Hellier, and Tallinn-based musician, producer and festival curator Aivar Tõnso. A compelling aural description of the city consists of field recordings and manipulated sounds of the city, Tallinn-related musical fragments, and excerpts from the authors’ own compositions.
The point, architecturally speaking, is that Pihlak and Tuksam have been trying to put Estonian timber industry machinery to its best use by teaching the next generation of architects the possibilities of parametric design. It may not be common knowledge, but Estonian timber factories are incredibly well equipped with the latest technology; however, they haven’t been very inventive in terms of design, and they're not used to working with architects, really. This team of architects and students is now building urban-installation-scale objects in order to show as many people possible what can be done by using the most traditional material in Estonia. It’s a small revolution, really. And teaming up with Tallinn Music Week has proven to be a good solution – working towards the needs of a music festival.