Thanks to inspiring collaboration between the Gavle Symphony Orchestra, designer Julia Koerner, and curator Andreas Vierziger, the Frozen Music project has come to life, expanding the understanding of music through 3D printing.

At the heart of Frozen Music lies the delicate process of reshaping music performed by the Gavle Orchestra into tangible 3D sculptures, enhancing the sensory experience of music by providing it with a physical form. These sculptures, derived from architectural planning, illustrate the convergence of different art forms.

The first sculpture, inspired by Johannes Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 movement V. Scherzo. Allegro, features intricate radial shapes with evolving microstructures, similar to natural growth patterns found in moss and lichen.

The second sculpture, based on the third movement of Bo Linde Suite Bolougne OP32, embodies the sublime melodies of the flute with its graceful  shapes. Finally, the third sculpture, Djefvulsdansen (Devil’s Dance) from Symphonic Stomp of Sweden, captures the lively, dynamic rhythms of bagpipe beats with its fluid, ever-changing form.

Using advanced computer technology, these sculptures are complex musical compositions transformed into visually captivating, tangible stories, blending artistic expression with technical development. As 3D printing brings the musical narratives to life layer by layer, it creates a real-world representation of sound. Does it mean we will soon be able to not only hear but see different kinds of music? 3D tech makes sure it’s a yes.

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