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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

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The project consist of a series of instructions-based listening pieces that I have developed since 2009 as part of my research on sound, space, and the body. The final version of the first 10 pieces has been completed in 2016 with a residency at Overtoon and an exhibition at iMAL. A book publication containing the first 10 pieces + 20 new ones is currently under development and will be published in 2021.

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Concept & realisation: Davide Tidoni / Production: Davide Tidoni / Graphics: Davide Tidoni & Marzia Dalfini / Editor: Brian Shabaglian.

UP IN THE VALLEY

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Up In The Valley is an exploratory workshop taking place in mountain settings. From 2013 to 2019 the worskhop has been organised on the mountains of val-sabbia (brescia, northern italy).

Presenting a series of listening pieces and exercises specifically designed for the locations, the workshop explores the propagation of sound and the interaction between sound, space, and point(s) of listening. Acoustic principles and sound effects such as reflection, absorption, filtering, and threshold of audibilty are staged, performed, and experienced live.

All the proposed activities take advantage of the affordances/constraints of the chosen locations. 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 Images
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidetidoni/sets/72157651874593186

Logistics (previous editions organised in val-sabbia)
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Listening / Intervention

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

Through a series of pieces and exercises based on spatial listening, body filtering, and sound-guided movements, the workshop reflects on the active role of the listener in actualising and interfering with the production of sound and its propagation.

Standing on the conviction that there is no listening without intervention (the observer is always participating to the observed event) the workshop frames listening as an act of transformation, a capacity to interact and co-produce sound events.

A list of possible activities includes: 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,…

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