Monday, February 22, 2010

musical moments in landscape architecture

Song title: "Park Life"
Artist: blur
Album: Modern life is Rubbish (1994)

Rumour has it "Park Life" was created while blur front man Damon Albarn was sitting enjoying watching the world go by in London's Hyde Park. Albarn also credits Martin Amis' novel London Fields (existing park in East Hackney, London) as a major influence on the song and album. For me Park Life is a lyrical observation of city life in London. Albarn is simply commenting on English society and as the inner city park acts as a hub for all inhabitants to gather what better place to get a true sense of a cities culture and "Park Life."

I have added the instrumental version complete with lyrics for your enjoyment.

aerial view Hyde Park London

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

field trip

A recent project has me researching the principles of acoustics in spacial design. I visited the University of Victoria's Phillip T Young Recital Hall on a recommendation from a friend and was moved by the sound quality, layout and comfort of the space. See below for sketches and images from my visit.

My timing could not of been better as a masters violin student was practicing her art.