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Since 2009 Davide Tidoni has developed listening exercises through his workshops and artistic research on acoustics and the body. Ten of these exercises are presented at IMAL in the form of posters. These prints include graphic representation of the listening exercises with instructions to be realized as independent situational performances. The posters serve not only to capture the exercises in concept but also as guides for participants to encounter sounds distributed in space in relation to their sources considering shifts in frequency, amplitude, and rhythm.

Concept & realisation: Davide Tidoni / Production: Overtoon & Davide Tidoni / Graphics: Davide Tidoni & Marzia Dalfini / Editor: Brian Shabaglian / Printing: L’Appat Atelier / With the support of the Flemish authorities

November 18 – December 18 2016, Wed-Sun, 13:00-18:00
IMAL, quai des Charbonnages 30 Koolmijnenkaai, 1080 Brussels




The workshop takes 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 body.

During the 4 days of the workshop, basic acoustic principles and sound effects such as reflection, absorption and filtering are staged and performed live.

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 perceive and produce sound.

The activities are exploration-based and run under a performative frame that refers to notions of relation, presence, and touch.

All the activities are site specific and take advantage of the affordances/constraints of the place. Mountain locations serve 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.



listening workshop

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,…

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


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.


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.



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.