Up In The Valley is a sound workshop that takes place in a mountain setting. The workshop explores the physical nature of sound and the concept of listening-as-intervention.
White noise and sound impulses are the tools that participants use to generate sound and activate the acoustic of the space.
All the exercises are body-based and run under a semi-structured improvisation frame that refers to the notions of presence, duration, and intersubjectivity.
The detailed program for each day (start time, sort of activities, lunch time, end) is defined day by day together with the participants.
The mountain setting provides specific qualities such as:
- high silence/noise ratio
- long-distance acoustic horizon and
- irregular reflecting faces, obstacles and boundaries.
With these properties in mind, a set of ad-hoc-exercises is designed and presented to the participants.
Basic acoustic principles and sound effects such as:
- propagation in the open field
- absorption and
are staged, practiced, and performed live.
The intention is to:
- observe how sound interacts with the setting and
- physically interfere with the behaviour of sound in space.
- 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 use his/her own body to modify the propagation and reception of sound.
To have an idea of the activities that are presented in the workshop please see the following links: From A Distance, Solid-Void, The Sound Of White Noise, Solid Body.
DOCUMENTATION FROM LAST YEAR
See the DOCUMENTATION IMAGES from the last edition of the workshop.
The duration of the workshop is 4 days: from the 3rd to the 6th august.
The arrival of participants to Presegno is expected for the 2nd of august.
Participants will be hosted in a shared guest house. The house consists of 2 big sleeping rooms, dining room, kitchen and toilets. The house is simple and clean. If you want more privacy you can bring your tent and sleep outside.
Regular trips to the closest grocery shop will be organized. It’s possible to share grocery costs and organise cooking rounds. In the village there are no shops and there’s only one small restaurant. If you prefer you can stay autonomous and buy food/cook for yourself.
Maximum number is 7.
Write an email to davide [DOT] tidoni [AT] gmail [DOT] com. You pay when you arrive to Presegno.
ABOUT THE PLACE
The workshop takes place in Presegno (Brescia) and in the surrounding area. Presegno is a small village with less than a dozen inhabitants. It is situated 900 meters above sea level in the mountains of the Sabbia Valley. Here you can read more info about the place.
ST. LORENZO PARTY
On the 10th of August the community of Presegno organizes a party for the celebration of S. Lorenzo. If you are here you cannot miss it! In case you want to participate to the S.Lorenzo party on the 10th of August you have to pay 5 euro extra per night for the guest house. Here you can listen to some FIELD RECORDINGS that I made at the party in 2013.
HOW TO GET THERE
1) Flight with Ryanair to Milan/Orio al Serio 2) take a bus or train to Brescia 3) take a bus to Vestone/Lavenone. We’ll come and pick you up at the bus station. More detailed info will be sent to the registered participants.
keyword - white noise
Workshop at ERRANT BODIES, Berlin
LISTEN TO THE PIECE:
The Sound of White Noise is an audio piece consisting of a series of listening instructions that are broadcasted on the radio and performed by the radio listeners at home. The instructions are about specific body positions and movements that the listeners have to perform in relation to the sound system they are using and the space where they are. A recorded voice gives the instructions and guides the listeners through the entire duration of the piece. Each instruction invites the listeners to interact with the white noise that is diffused through the radio. The movements and gestures that the listeners perform modify the stream of white noise that is diffused in the room and the way it is perceived.
The piece has been broadcasted on the 29th of April 2015 on Deutschland Radio Kultur.
The workshop is open to anybody who is concerned with the possibilities of interaction between sound, space, and listening.
The main aim of the workshop is to offer, through direct practice, a wide range of listening experiences in order to lead participants to recognize sound as a concrete presence that puts the listener in relation with bodies, materials and space.
Practicing different exercises, based on sound diffusion, and simple movements/gestures, the participants are invited to pay attention to sound effects such as reflection, absorption, filter, threshold… as well as to explore the physical interaction between sound, architecture and the body.
White noise is the main material that is used in the workshop. The constant dynamic and frequency spectrum of white noise facilitate an immediate understanding of specific sound effects and provide a stable reference for the articulation of the listener’s position in space.
VIDEO from the Turin workshop 2012
IMAGES from past workshops 2012
A loudspeaker is installed on the side of a straight road. It diffuses 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 opposite to the loudspeaker on the other side of the road.
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 continuum. The sequence of cuts is organized in relation to the number, speed and size of cars that pass on the road. The intersection between white noise and cars generates sound effects of masking, cut-out and cross-fade
Rough docu video here: https://vimeo.com/138603693 (password “ciao”).
The performance explores the architecture of specific sites by projecting white noise in space.
The fundamental parameters of the performance are: architectural elements (walls, colums, openings, …), body movements (360° rotation, presence/absence, movement speed), direction and movement of sound (direct/reflected, filtering), and the positioning of the audience (distance from the performer, positioning within a certain perimeter).
Here is the IMAGE DOCUMENTATION from a performance that i did in Bologna in 2014.