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listening 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

UP IN THE VALLEY 2015 – 3>6 august – Presegno, Italy


Up In The Valley is a sound workshop that takes place in a mountain setting. The workshop explores the physical nature of sound and the concept of listening-as-intervention.

White noise and sound impulses are the tools that participants use to generate sound and activate the acoustic of the space.

All the exercises are body-based and run under a semi-structured improvisation frame that refers to the notions of presence, duration, and intersubjectivity.

The detailed program for each day (start time, sort of activities, lunch time, end) is defined day by day together with the participants.

The mountain setting provides specific qualities such as:
- high silence/noise ratio
- long-distance acoustic horizon and
- irregular reflecting faces, obstacles and boundaries.
With these properties in mind, a set of ad-hoc-exercises is designed and presented to the participants.

Basic acoustic principles and sound effects such as:
- propagation in the open field
- reflection
- absorption and
- filtering
are staged, practiced, and performed live.

The intention is to:
- observe how sound interacts with the setting and
- physically interfere with the behaviour of sound in space.

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 use his/her own body to modify the propagation and reception of sound.

To have an idea of the activities that are presented in the workshop please see the following links: From A Distance, Solid-Void, The Sound Of White Noise, Solid Body.

See the DOCUMENTATION IMAGES from the last edition of the workshop.

The duration of the workshop is 4 days: from the 3rd to the 6th august.
The arrival of participants to Presegno is expected for the 2nd of august.

Participants will be hosted in a shared guest house. The house consists of 2 big sleeping rooms, dining room, kitchen and toilets. The house is simple and clean. If you want more privacy you can bring your tent and sleep outside.

Regular trips to the closest grocery shop will be organized. It’s possible to share grocery costs and organise cooking rounds. In the village there are no shops and there’s only one small restaurant. If you prefer you can stay autonomous and buy food/cook for yourself.

Maximum number is 7.

Write an email to davide [DOT] tidoni [AT] gmail [DOT] com. You pay when you arrive to Presegno.

The workshop takes place in Presegno (Brescia) and in the surrounding area. Presegno is a small village with less than a dozen inhabitants. It is situated 900 meters above sea level in the mountains of the Sabbia Valley. Here you can read more info about the place.

On the 10th of August the community of Presegno organizes a party for the celebration of S. Lorenzo. If you are here you cannot miss it! In case you want to participate to the S.Lorenzo party on the 10th of August you have to pay 5 euro extra per night for the guest house. Here you can listen to some FIELD RECORDINGS that I made at the party in 2013.

1) Flight with Ryanair to Milan/Orio al Serio 2) take a bus or train to Brescia 3) take a bus to Vestone/Lavenone. We’ll come and pick you up at the bus station. More detailed info will be sent to the registered participants.

Workshop at ERRANT BODIES, Berlin

I give my workshop The Sound of White Noise on the 27th and 28th of may at Errant Bodies Sound Art Space in Berlin. The worskhop is structured in 4 different sessions of 3 hours each. Participants can follow as many sessions as they like. MORE INFO + HOW TO REGISTER.

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

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.

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.

I Noitasi Inoi

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I notasi inoi is a listening kit. It permits you to create your own listening experience. The package contains an audio cd, 8 listening cards and a dice with 8 sides. By following the instructions on the card, the listener can organize sound diffusion and his/her spatial setting. Practicing different listening modes, the listener explore new sensitive approaches to sound and space perception.

Inoitasi inoi was first published by Torvarobato Records in 2007. A new edition is currently in the process of being republished. If you want to book a copy of the new release, please write to: davidetidoni at davidetidoni dot name.

Reviews: Altre Musiche, Sands-Zine