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The Sound of White Noise

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The Sound of White Noise is an audio piece consisting of a series of listening instructions that are broadcasted on the radio and performed by the radio listeners at home. The instructions are about specific body positions and movements that the listeners have to perform in relation to the sound system they are using and the space where they are. A recorded voice gives the instructions and guides the listeners through the entire duration of the piece. Each instruction invites the listeners to interact with the white noise that is diffused through the radio. The movements and gestures that the listeners perform modify the stream of white noise that is diffused in the room and the way it is perceived.

The piece has been broadcasted on the 29th of April 2015 on Deutschland Radio Kultur.

A french version of the piece has been realized in 2017 (produced by ACSR, Brussels) and received a mention at the Phonurgia Nova Prix Art Sonore, Paris 2017.

LISTENING/INTERVENTION – 8 PIECES, 2016

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The 8 pieces have been developed since 2009 as part of my listening workshops. Their final version has been completed in 2016 with a residency at Overtoon and an exhibition at iMAL. Concept & realisation: Davide Tidoni / Production: Overtoon & Davide Tidoni / Graphics: Davide Tidoni & Marzia Dalfini / Editor: Brian Shabaglian.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF BOOKLET WITH THE PIECES

A second edition of the work with different graphic layout and illustrations has been designed and published by ATTO in november 2016.

UP IN THE VALLEY

Up In The Valley is a sound/listening workshop taking place on the mountains of ValSabbia (Brescia) each year around end july/beginning of august. Registrations open in may/june.

Presenting a series of listening pieces and exercises specifically designed for the location, the workshop explores the propagation of sound in space and the interaction between sound, space and listener.

During the 5 days of the workshop, acoustic principles and sound effects such as reflection, absorption, filtering, and distance are staged and performed live.

Focussing on the position of the listener, the threshold of audibilty, and the distance from the sound source, the workshop investigates the potential of the listener to perceive and produce sound.

All the listening pieces are site specific and take advantage of the affordances/constraints of the location. Mountain serves as unique setting providing specific qualities such as high silence/noise ratio, long-distance acoustic horizon and multiple reflecting surfaces.

The pieces/exercises are presented as part of a series of walking excursions. The average time of each excursion is 6/8 hours including breaks.

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

ABOUT THE PLACE
The workshop takes place in Presegno (Brescia) and its surrounding area. Presegno is a small village with less than a dozen inhabitants. The village is situated 1000 meters above sea level in the mountains of the Sabbia Valley. Here you can read more about the place.

ACCOMMODATION
Participants stay in a shared accommodation house (the former school of the village). The house consists of 2 big sleeping rooms, dining room, kitchen and toilets. If you want more privacy you can bring your tent and sleep outside.

FOOD
In the village there are no shops and there’s only one bar. Food is prepared together in the kitchen of the house where we stay.

MONEY POLICY
1) Approx 60 euro for the accommodation (6 nights)
2) Approx 40 euro for eating (6 days)
3) You choose how much you want to give according to your financial situation and your system of values. The initiative is 100% self organized.

PARTICIPANTS
Max number is ~10.
Not for those who suffer vertigo and panic attack.

EQUIPMENT
Bring approriate shoes (we’ll walk on steep mountain trails), long trouser (against insects), sun lotion, sun cap, water bottle/thermos, backpack, lunchbox, walking stick (only if you have one…), warm clothes (it might be slighlty cold in the evening, we’re 1000 meters high…), water proof jacket and everything you need in case of rain.
Bring your sleeping bag (there’re enough beds but not enough bed-sheets…).
If you have a history of anaphylaxis or any other allergic reaction to insect bites, bring your own epinephrine autoinjector and/or antihistamines.
If you have a mobile phone, download a white noise generator and a tone generator app (If you can’t find one, I will send you a couple of links by email).

HOW TO GET THERE
1) Flight with Ryanair to Milan/Orio al Serio or to Verona or to any other city in norther italy
2) Take a bus or train to Brescia.
3) Take a bus to Vestone/Lavenone.
I’ll come and pick you up at the bus station.
More detailed info will be sent to the registered participants.

REGISTRATION
send an email to: baitabaita AT riseup DOT com

Listening/Intervention

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What
The workshop is open to anyone concerned with the possibility of interaction between sound, space and listening.

Through a series of pieces and exercises that stage specific acoustic phenomena, the workshop encourages the active role of the listener and his/her own potentials to perceive and engage with 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.

The workshop resembles to an extended performance where participants becomes actively involved in the creation/experience of the proposed activities. Far from being confined to the sonic domain, Listening/Intervention introduces concepts and principles that can easily be appropriated and applied to other research fields. To this respect, the workshop functions as a stimulus for interdisciplinary practice and as a context for experimentation.

List of possible activities
Your footsteps in the room; closed-eyes walk to the wall; touch the others with a microphone; someone is listening from inside a cardboard box; “anolog” filters and white noise; ears at the wall; hit the microphone with a slingshot; try to avoid any feedback to occur while walking to the amp; find the spot where two different sounds are perceived at the same loudness; walk away from the sound source up to the point where you cannot hear it anymore; participants’ bodies functioning as absorption panels,…

Duration
The activities of the workshop are developed in relation to the given space and are distributed over a duration time of min 3 hours and max 18 hours (6 hours a day for 3 days).

Technical needs
A silent room with windows and warm floor
Sound system + mixer + 50/100 meters xlr cable + 2 dynamic mic
Access to the space and rehearsals 1 day before the workshop

Documentation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52_f4094wD4
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidetidoni/albums/72157650976176766

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

Active Listening and Field Research Seminar, Milan

I give a 1 day seminar about listening and the city. In the first part of the seminar I give an account on the relations between active listening and field research. In the afternoon I take the group out in the city and introduce a number of listening activities in choosen sites. The seminar is part of EXPOSED, a research about the urban transformation of the city of Milan in light of the imminent International World Fair EXPO2015. The seminar is on the 8th of March 2014 and takes place at CAREOF, Milan. Registration is open to selected artists. More info can be found here.

LISTENING POLITICS IN THE CITY OF LONDON – 2013

On-Listening-cover

Written in the form of a theatre script, my contribution to the book “On Listening” tells about the adventures of an attentive listener who is trying to capture the acoustic quality of a strictly surveilled area situated in the financial centre of London. READERS ARE INVITED TO PERFORM THE SCRIPT AROUND THE BARBICAN ESTATE (and/or any other residential estate property). DOWNLOAD THE PDF VERSION OF MY TEXT. The book is edited by Angus Carlyle and Cathy Lane and published by RGAP / CRiSAP. More about the book on the CRiSAP website.