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From a Distance



A loudspeaker is carried through a specific path/trail.
A fixed tone is played back through the loudspeaker at fixed intervals and predetermined dynamics.
A group of listeners position themselves in a specific spot in relation to the path of the loudspeaker and the acoustic/spatial surround.
The listeners perceive the tone in relation to their distance from the loudspeaker.
The tone appears and disappears responding to the topography of the place, the specific path of the loudspeaker 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.

UP IN THE VALLEY

What
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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