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TENSE EARS, susa valley, 12-18 august



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TENSE EARS



The workshop is an opportunity to research on themes such as: sound propagation in outdoor space, long distance listening, and context-specific sound intervention.

The location for the workshop is the TAV construction site in Valsusa. The acronym TAV in Italian stands for Treno ad Alta Velocità, which means high-speed train in English. Heavily contested by the No TAV movement, the construction site has been declared by the italian governement “sito d’importanza strategica” which basically means strategic military zone. The construction site appears fenced and patrolled by police and military forces.

The choice of the TAV construction site as context for the workshop is because of the following reasons:
- the presence of a red zone, prohibiting people’s circulation and action, which makes sound a means for reaching and crossing the construction site from a distance;
- the military forces and the technological surveillance protecting the construction site, which put the performers in a condition of alertness and attentive listening;
- the certainty of having an “audience” listening from inside the construction site, perceiving our sounds as a sinister presence.

During the workshop, each of the participant is invited to develop an intervention and to perform it during a night excursion in the surroundings of the construction site.

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ULTRAS KARAOKE – TAPE RELEASE



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REPERTOIRE

CEASE TO EXIST
THE BLOWS FROM OUTSIDE
HOW FAR CAN I GET
MY TARGET IS YOUR EYES
AS THE SOUND BURNS
HUNTING (mic and nailgun)
SINGLE STROKES
CRASH TEST

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AS THE SOUND BURNS, Valsusa 2018
AS THE SOUND BURNS, Bruxelles 2018
SONIC PROTEST, Paris 2018
BORDERLINE, Athens 2017
TSONAMI, Valparaiso 2016
CEASE TO EXIST, Den JHaag 2017
PERFORMANCES 2018 (Richmond U.S.A.; Milan Italy; Bamberg Germany; Brussels Belgium)

Canta Che Non Passa / Our Singing Will Stop It



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The work documents part of the repertoire of the informal choir “Canta Che Non Passa”. The choir is a spontaneous group of middle age/old people that constituted a part of the NO TAV* movement in Valsusa, northern Italy. The choir’s repertoire consists mainly of protest songs adapted from preexisting musical sources, with new lyrics that have been created from scratch.

I recorded the choir during one of their rehearsals. Rather position the microphone at a certain distance from the group to capture the multiplicity of voices, I chose to focus on individual voices of those members that sat beside me. This strategy was designed to stress the fallible and imperfect nature of the chorale and place emphasis on: 1) the singular/plural dimension of collective singing; 2) the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of non-professional voices.

* As clearly stated by the name of the choir (“Canta Che Non Passa” means “Sing, So It Won’t Pass” or better “Our Singing Will Stop It”) the NO TAV movement opposes the creation of the new high speed railway line between Turin and Lyon. More info: brief history of the no tav movement and notav.info.

Thanks to Mariano, Renato, Fulvio, Gianni, Marisa, Gildo, Lucio, e tutt*.

ULTRAS MASHUP



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recordings, mash-up, mixing: Davide Tidoni
design: Marzia Dalfini & Davide Tidoni
cover silkscreen: l’Appât
audio format: white vinyl 12″ & .wav download link
year: 2018
first edition: 200 copies
publisher: SARU and VIAINDUSTRIAE
cost: 15 EUROS + shipping costs
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ULTRAS KARAOKE



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recordings, mixing: Davide Tidoni
design & graphics: Davide Tidoni
silkscreen: Ilana Pichon
audio format: tape cassette & download link
year: 2019
first edition: 50 copies
publisher: self published
cost: 8 EUROS + shipping costs
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TOUCH OF THE POPS



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recordings, graphic signs & texts: Davide Tidoni
design: Davide Tidoni & Marzia Dalfini
audio format: cd + download link
silkscreen: l’Appât
hand-binded leporello with folded cover: SongYi Han
pages: 16
dimensions: 110×150x6mm
year: 2018
first edition: 64 copies
publisher: Balloon&Needle
cost: 30 EUROS + shipping costs
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TOUCH OF THE POPS



Audio release with text and graphics.
The work documents a series of directly experienced balloon pops.
Each pop was performed using a balloon and a location.
All locations were encountered separately by chance and chosen for their unique acoustic response.
The recordings presented in the book are intended to document the action of popping, its situatedness, immediacy, and physicality.

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FIRE FROM WITHIN – DOCU 2018

ALL BODIES END IN SILENCE



The work presents several actions Davide has performed with microphones. These actions reflect on the materiality of the sound devices and explore their corporeal aspects, as sounding bodies that he interacts with in unexpected ways. The actions are developed with a direct dramaturgy, each ending with the metaphorical death of the microphone/loudspeaker and consequent absence of sound. Examples of actions include burning a microphone or destroying a loudspeaker with a slingshot. Davide’s actions explore the ephemeral nature of corporeal existence through the presence, absence, and disappearance of sound as a metaphor for life and death.

VIDEO LIST:
Departure [02':40'']
Cut-off [01':38'']
Falling Apart [03':24'']
Until When It Dies [06':10'']
He Hears The Silence So Loud [02':19'']
Untitled [03':08'']
My Target Is Your Eyes [02':34'']
As The Sound Burns [03':38'']

Davide Tidoni: locations, actions, sound, video, editing.
Videos produced by Overtoon and Davide Tidoni.

Thanks to sander, flo, FS, SNCB, a bas la maxi-prison, paolo ruaro, martino, loes@nadine, giammo, eugenio, almarosa, marzi, bam bam bam bam !!!

THE SOUND OF NORMALISATION



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recordings, video, & texts: Davide Tidoni
mixing: Enzo Cimino & Davide TIdoni
design: Marzia Dalfini & Davide Tidoni
audio-video format: dvd & .mov/.wav download link
offset printing
binding: thread sewn, open spine binding with glued on boards
pages: 60
dimensions: 15×21x1cm
year: 2018
first edition: 300 copies
publisher: SARU and VIAINDUSTRIAE
cost: 15 EUROS + shipping costs
orders: write to baitabaita AT riseup DOT net