keyword - acoustics

From a Distance

from a distance

A loudspeaker is carried through a previously tested path/trail.
A fixed tone is played back at a predetermined volume from the loudspeaker.
A group of listeners position themselves in a specific spot in relation to the movement of the loudspeaker and the acoustic/spatial setting.
The listeners perceive the tone in relation to the distance between them and the loudspeaker.
The tone appears and disappears responding to the topography of the place, the choosen route and the atmospheric conditions.

The piece has been performed at the mountain festival Alture, ValTrompia, Brescia. For the occasion, a series of long sine sweeps and silences were played back from a loudspeaker that was carried from the malga Pontogna (1384 mt) to the top of the Gölem mountain (1957 mt). The piece/walk was about 50 minutes.

EXAGGERATED FOOTSTEPS



This is me walking through different rooms of the same building. I compare the acoustic response of each room by means of a pair of metal plates that I attached to the sole of my shoes.

UP IN THE VALLEY 2014>2016

upinthevalley


WHAT
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.

MORE INFO
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.

DOCUMENTATION
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE DOCUMENTATION FROM THE PAST EDITIONS OF THE WORKSHOP

IN THE BLINK OF A EAR



The video sees me triggering the acoustic response of an empty building by hitting the wall with a stick. To emphasize the hit, I adopted the following visual association: silence=black / sound=light. The title of the video is a clear reference to that.

A BALLOON FOR LINZ



A Balloon for Linz brings to light the acoustic response of specific locations in Linz. Together with the video, a series of exploratory walks were organized in the city of Linz. Participants were invited to pop balloons and listen to the acoustic architecture of the urban space.
The project received an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2011.

UNDER THE BRIDGE



Passages under bridges have always been interesting places for acoustic tests. In this video, the resonance of a concrete tunnel is triggered by the explosion of a series of firecrackers.

The Sound Of White Noise

The sound of white noise

The workshop is open to anybody who is concerned with the possibilities of interaction between sound, space, and listening.

The main aim of the workshop is to offer, through direct practice, 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 bodies, materials and space.

Practicing different exercises, based on sound diffusion, and simple movements/gestures, the participants are invited to pay attention to sound effects such as reflection, absorption, filter, threshold… as well as to explore the physical interaction between sound, architecture and the body.

White noise is the main material that is used in the workshop. The constant dynamic and frequency spectrum of white noise facilitate an immediate understanding of specific sound effects and provide a stable reference for the articulation of the listener’s position in space.

DOCUMENTATION

VIDEO from the Turin workshop 2012
IMAGES from past workshops 2012

Together As One

from a distance



A drumset is separated in its basic elements: a bass drum, a snare and a hi hat.
Each of the performers plays a different element.
The performers stand in circle very close to each other and begin to play single strokes one at a time.
All the strokes are in relation together and contribute to the creation of a rhythmic pattern.
While they play, the performers break the circle and start to move away from each other.
The rhythmic pattern transforms in relation to the acoustic of the space and to the distance between the performers.

Solid Body

solid body

A body moves in space modulating the acoustic feedback that occours between microphone and loudspeaker. According to the position occupied, the body can block or activate the feedback.

Starting from the exploration of the physical nature of sound waves (frequency and wave lenght), the performance reveals the capacity of the body to filter and alter the propagation of sound in space.

Video 1 – Rehearsals: https://vimeo.com/118521780 (password is “ciao”)
Video 2 – Live Performance: https://vimeo.com/119800367 (password is “ciao”)

The City Is On Fire

the city is on fire

WE PROVOKE THE CITY AND LISTEN TO ITS RESPONSE
EACH EXPLOSION LEADS TO A CONFLICT
EACH EXPLOSION LEADS TO AN ENCOUNTER
EACH EXPLOSION LEADS TO A DIALOGUE
SET THE FUSE ON FIRE AND GET READY FOR CONFRONTATION

1) The group walks in the city at night-time looking for places where to burst firecrackers.
2) The group moves silently, like in a sabotage action.
3) Once the firecracker is set off, the group concentrates on the impact of the bang.

Hit The Building

HIT THE BUILDING

The walk takes place at night.
Participants have to bring along a stick and an object to hit (ex: a paint bucket).
Each participant walks alone beating very simple and minimal rhythms (start from the beat of your own pace).
Everybody can take a different path.
Attention goes to the reflections bouncing off the walls of the builidings.
There’s no listening without intervention.

Room Resonance

A Balloon For Linz


A Balloon for Linz brings to light the acoustic response of specific locations in Linz. Together with the video, a series of walks were organized in the city of Linz. Participants were invited to pop balloons and listen to the acoustic architecture of the urban space.
The project received an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2011.

WATCH THE VIDEO ON VIMEO!

Wall Reflections