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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 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.


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.

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.

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.

1) Approx 60 euro for the accommodation (6 nights)
2) Approx 40 euro for eating (6 days)

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

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).

1) Flight to Milan, Bergamo/Orio al Serio, 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.

send an email to: baitabaita AT riseup DOT com