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From a Distance



A loudspeaker is carried through a specific path/trail.
A fixed tone is playedback 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.

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UP IN THE VALLEY

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.

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