1000Faces create walls that mirror their acoustic environment in physical form. Space-specific audio is recorded, translated into three physical dimensions via a custom algorithm and then manufactured in a material chosen for its acoustic properties.

In researching soundproofing we realised that the actual shape of acoustic tiles isn't critical to their performance. The important factors were that they were non-planar (to minimise reflections) and contained as many transitions from one material type to another as possible (to maximise absorption). This opened out our scope for designing the aesthetics and we designed to let the sound drive this.

Each tile is thus uniquely linked to the space it is designed for. The aesthetic style of the tile is determined by the interpretation of the algorithm's output, allowing infinite variation in both overall aesthetic style and individual form.

This was work done whilst studying IDE at the Royal College of Art. Our group, 1234lab, worked around the concept of sound as a starting point for design experiments and 1000faces was one of the outcomes. I developed the algorithm to take audio recordings and turn them into physical manifestations. Strangely, our old web address is now an automotive blog.