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NO-TAV PROTEST SONGS – radio broadcast

Here follows the upload of the radio broadcast I did together with Franziska Windisch about (some of) the NO-TAV protest songs. The conversation has been realised for radio in between spaces and is part of a current research concerning the history of the NO-TAV movement read through its songs. More about the NO-TAV movement in eng and ita.

MARISA E GILDO

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I AM HERE WITH YOU NOW

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I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE IN A BAND

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Hij strijdt nu duizend jaren voor vrijheid, land en God

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in dissolution there is becoming…

LUFF FESTIVAL 2019

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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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ULTRAS KARAOKE



recordings, mixing: Davide Tidoni
design & graphics: Davide Tidoni
silkscreen: Ilana Pichon
audio format: tape cassette & download link
year: 2019
number of copies: 50
publisher: self published
cost: 8 EUROS + shipping costs
orders: write to baitabaita AT riseup DOT net

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DOCUMENTATION IMAGES

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; Milan; Bamberg; Brussels)
LUFF, Lausanne 2019
Summer 2019

Canta Che Non Passa / Our Singing Will Stop It



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This 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 who are active in 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 than positioning the microphone at a certain distance from the group and capture the multiplicity of voices, I chose to keep the microphone in my hands and point it to the individual voices of those members standing around 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.

The recordings have also been presented on a radio broadcast. The broadcast is part of an ongoing research about the history of the NO-TAV movement read through its songs.

* 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”, “Our Singing Will Stop the TAV”) 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, e tutt*.