Reinterpreting Soundscape: Astor Place is a series of work created through study and observation of soundscape in Astor Place, New York. It re-imagines the soundscape of a location at a specific time of a day as a hand created visual representation, a music composition and finally, as a audio visual experience showcased in the above video. The piece can also be experienced on the web.




Starting with a 10 minute recording of soundscape on February 8th, from 2:49pm - 2:50pm at Astor Place, New York (above is the original sound recording), the soundscape was studied and analyzed by isolating various sound sources in the recording, with annotations of the occurrences of identified sound sources.



The annotation of the sound sources were represented in two ways: in visual and audio form. The visual representation of the soundscape was created in paper cuts and colored charcoal pencil drawings.



The visual representation above was used as a music notation to be transformed as a music piece. The drawing was divided equally as below, each section representing a bar of music.



The music piece was then used to create matching and audio driven visuals in p5.js and its sound library. Video of the end result is shown at the top of the page.