Up In The Valley is a sound workshop that takes place in a mountain setting.
Presenting a series of exercices specifically designed for the location, the workshop explores the propagation of sound in space and the concept of listening-as-intervention.
Focussing on the position of the listener, the distance from the sound source and the threshold of audibilty, the workshop investigates the potential of the listener to produce and interact with sound in space.
During the 4 days of the workshop, basic acoustic principles and sound effects such as reflection, absorption and filtering are staged and performed live.
All the exercises are exploration-based and run under a performative frame that refers to the notions of presence, touch, and intersubjectivity.
The exercises are presented within a series of walking excursions. The average time of each excursion is 8 hours including breaks and exercises.
All the activities are site specific and take advantage of the affordances/constraints of the place.
The mountain setting serves as a unique setting that provides specific qualities such as high silence/noise ratio, long-distance acoustic horizon and irregular reflecting faces.
White noise and sound impulses are the main tools that are used in the exercises.
The workshop takes place in Presegno on the mountains of ValSabbia (Brescia) each year around end july/beginning of august. Registrations open in may/june.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE DOCUMENTATION FROM THE PAST EDITIONS OF THE WORKSHOP
The workshop is open to anyone concerned with the possibility of interaction between sound, space and listening.
Through specific exercises that stage phenomena of reflection, absorption, filtering and the threshold of audibility, the workshop encourages the active role of the listener and his/her own potentials to perceive sound.
The main aim of the workshop is to offer a wide range of listening experiences in order to lead participants to recognize sound as a concrete presence that puts the listener in relation with space, materials and other people’s bodies.
VIDEO from the workshop in Turin, 2012
IMAGES from the workshops in London, CSSD, 2011 + Turin, 2012 + Berlin, Errant Bodies, 2015
Soundstorming is an exploration that invites participants to develop site specific interventions in the outdoor space. Echoing the process of brainstorming, Soundstorming functions as a mobile playground for collective experiment with sound and listening.
Soundstorming begins with a semi-structured walk that interesects a certain area or territory. Soundstormers stop the walk and intervene sonically whenever they find a potentially interesting location, whether it is an abandoned building, a construction site, or a public area. The most important qualities that are considered when searching for a location are: 1) spatial structure and architectural elements 2) acoustic and sound sources 3) freedom of action and movement. The choice of the locations is also driven by curiosity and intuition.
Soundstormers bring to the exploration their own technical equipment. Everything must be compact and easy to carry around. Bent electronics, small analog/digital sound instruments, portable speakers, megaphones, microphones, sound playback/recording devices, and found objects are some of the tools that can be used for developing interventions and situations.
Besides being a direct exploratory method for fast prototyping of outdoor interventions, Soundstorming provides a context in which participants acquire emotional and practical knowledge about some of the most debated issues in contemporary spatial discourse. This includes: the production and reappropriation of space, the role of the context, the experience of the abandoned, and the act of trespassing.
CONCEPTS from the workshop at STEIM, Amsterdam, 2012
IMAGES from the workshops at STEIM, Amsterdam, 2012 + IMM, Dusseldorf, 2011
VIDEO from the workshop at STEIM, Amsterdam, 2012
VIDEO from the workshop at IMM, Dusseldorf, 2011