Around~Sound is Upper Pool Studio developed and run by Sophie Gaur and offered to students in the Industrial Design Program, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This is a 12 week/24 credit course offered to second and third year students under the section of Critical and Creative Concerns. All the work shown here is the copyright of the individual student. All models and prototypes are made by the students within the RMIT workshop or in their own backyards, garages, studios or residences.


People react to sound in various ways. Sounds can excite, soothe, heal or energise, as well as offer a range of emotional, intellectual, social and physical responses, based on how they are delivered. This studio explores this area of sensory delivery through the design and construction of objects that either respond to existing musical traditions, or propose new ways to thinking about how sound can be the preliminary driver for social or aesthetic response. In this studio we develop a proposition for, and make an object or an installation that creates sound for a specific outcome or purpose.

Key Learning objectives

The studio emphasizes the articulating and delivering of very specific outcomes to self directed initiatives. We work within the area of sound and music – and learn about instruments, musical instrument typologies and the language of acoustic construction. We challenge and extend our conceptual and crafting abilities in materials we choose to experiment in. We learn how to detail and execute an idea to final working object to some degree to sophistication.


The studio discuss and explores ideas of music, sound, and experimental acoustic projects. Inputs from practitioners, film and field visits will enrich and enliven the learning experience. We will also examine the nature of changing sound over a time line of musical evolution.


The studio requires one to be self directed. Discussions and lectures in the first few weeks serve to give a methodology of classification and analysis. One on one discussions help direct thinking and methodology towards a well rounded outcome. A Facebook group facilitates sharing of ideas and discussions as well as delivers shared information and resources in a quick and efficient manner. Hands-on class workshops at the start of the semester help to explore musical instrument classifications.