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Three unique wooden installation-bandstands built for the 2016 Tallinn Music Week create the architectural and aural presence of the festival in the city. The timber frame installations, named soundWAVES after their idea and design, were created by the students of the Interior Architecture Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts, tutored by architects Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (architecture practice PART).

The installations mark the festival’s urban axis from Tallinn’s Musumägi (Kissing Hill) and Nunne Street in old town to Telliskivi Creative Quarter. From a seashell-shaped bandstand on Musumägi to the streaming portal at Nunne Street and a rolling-wave shaped open-air gallery in Telliskivi, all three landmarks test the limits of contemporary wooden structures, to reach new spatial and visual effects.

The installations were designed using local cutting-edge timber production technology, trying to offer a glimpse into the future of wooden architecture and the possibilities offered by combining timber, the most traditional of building material, with the latest in algorithmic computational design. With 51% of Estonia covered with forests, it’s only natural to find new and exciting ways of using wood to create architecture that was not possible using only traditional methods.

The installations were designed and built by the same students who were behind the gigantic forest megaphones RUUP – a project looking for a way to help us all notice and listen to the sounds of the forests – that became immensely popular all around the world last autumn.

The soundtrack for the installations will be provided by Musicity Tallinn, a collaboration between BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and DJ Nick Luscombe (UK), Death In Vegas founder, 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’ compositions.

Of the three installations built by students, two will remain for viewing after the festival, at least until the end of summer 2016.

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