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From a Distance

from a distance

A loudspeaker is carried through a previously tested path/trail.
A fixed tone is played back at a predetermined volume from the loudspeaker.
A group of listeners position themselves in a specific spot in relation to the movement of the loudspeaker and the acoustic/spatial setting.
The listeners perceive the tone in relation to the distance between them and the loudspeaker.
The tone appears and disappears responding to the topography of the place, the choosen route 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 2016 – 25>29 JULY

Registrations to the UP IN THE VALLEY WORKSHOP are now open. Read the CONTENT and DETAILS of the workshop. See some MAGNIFICENT DOCUMENTATION IMAGES from the last editions of the workshop.


UP IN THE VALLEY 2014>2016


Up In The Valley is a sound workshop that takes place in a mountain setting.

Presenting a series of exercices specifically designed for the location, the workshop explores the propagation of sound in space and the concept of listening-as-intervention.

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 produce and interact with sound in space.

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

All the exercises are exploration-based and run under a performative frame that refers to the notions of presence, touch, and intersubjectivity.

The exercises are presented within a series of walking excursions. The average time of each excursion is 8 hours including breaks and exercises.

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

The mountain setting serves as a unique setting that provides specific qualities such as high silence/noise ratio, long-distance acoustic horizon and irregular reflecting faces.

White noise and sound impulses are the main tools that are used in the exercises.

The workshop takes place in Presegno on the mountains of ValSabbia (Brescia) each year around end july/beginning of august. Registrations open in may/june.


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