keyword - sound-space


A choreographed sequence of white noise makes audible how sound propagates and interacts in relation to the architecture of the place.

The title of the work refers to the condition of interdependence that permeates all relationships. Streams of white noise become modified in relation to the surrounding physical space which sound encounters as it propagates. As we breathe the air we speak… drawing air inwards into our body and exhaling it outwards from our lungs back into surrounding space.

The performance in the video happened in 2021 but its first versions and research date back to 2014.

Performance: Davide Tidoni
Performed by Abigail Aleksander, Amber Meulenijzer, and Franziska Windisch
Video: Sander Tas with Davide Tidoni
Sound: Davide Tidoni


Attack/Decay is a night walk where participants are invited to explore the acoustics of specific locations by means of a custom built impulse generator device.
The acoustic qualities and the spatial features of the chosen locations serve as a point of departure for developing site related listening pieces.
Through direct experience, the walk introduces participants to primary acoustic principles and spatial listening, framed as a state of interference and interdependency with the propagation of sound in space.

Technical development by Airborne Instruments.
With the support of Nadine, laboratory for contemporary arts and the VGC.


Audio release with text and graphics.
The work documents a series of directly experienced balloon pops.
Each pop was performed using a balloon and a location.
All locations were encountered separately by chance and chosen for their unique acoustic response.
The recordings presented in the book are intended to document the action of popping, its situatedness, immediacy, and physicality.


recordings, graphic signs & texts: Davide Tidoni
design: Davide Tidoni
audio format: cd + download link
silkscreen: l’Appât
hand-binded leporello with folded cover: SongYi Han
pages: 16
dimensions: 110×150x6mm
year: 2018
number of copies: 64
publisher: Balloon&Needle
cost: 30 EUROS + shipping costs
orders: write to baitabaita AT riseup DOT net


concept: Davide Tidoni
design: Davide Tidoni
material: stainless steel
dimensions: 120×40x4mm
weight: 700 gr.
embossed printing: l’Appât
packaging: Tatsuya Inuikawa
year: 2018
number of copies: 50
cost: 15 EUROS + shipping costs
orders: baitabaita AT riseup DOT net


A performer walks on a mountain trail carrying a loudspeaker on their back.
The loudspeaker plays back a series of both fixed and sweep tones.
The tones travel to the ears of the audience and get modulated by 1) the directionality of the loudspeaker; 2) the topography of the place; 3) the wind force; and 4) their distance from the loudspeaker.

The piece has been performed at the mountain festival Alture, Val Trompia, Brescia. A runner carried a loudspeaker from Malga Pontogna (1384 mt) to the top of the Gölem mountain (1957 mt). A series of long sine sweeps alternated with silences were played back. The piece was about 45 minutes.


In the video I activate the different acoustics of an empty building by means of a pair of metal plates attached to my shoes.


In the video I activate the acoustics of an empty factory by hitting the wall with a stick. To visually emphasize the sound of the hit, I adopt the association: silence=black / sound=light.


Passages under bridges have always been interesting places for acoustic tests. In this video, the resonance of a concrete tunnel is triggered by the explosion of a series of firecrackers.


A loudspeaker is installed on the side of a straight road and projects a constant stream of white noise. The loudspeaker is positioned in such a way that the projection of white noise is perpendicular to the direction of the cars. The audience stands on the other side of the road, opposite to the loudspeaker .

When a car drives on the road, it intersects the projection of white noise. In this way the audience can perceive a cut in the white noise. The sequence of cuts gets organized in relation to the number, speed and size of cars passing on the road.

The intersection between white noise and cars generates sound effects of masking, cut-out and cross-fade

Rough docu video here: (password “ciao”).


A Balloon for Linz brings to light the acoustic response of specific locations in Linz. Together with the video, a series of exploratory walks were organized in the city of Linz. Participants were invited to pop balloons and listen to the acoustic architecture of the urban space. The project received an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2011.