UP IN THE VALLEY 2015 – 3>6 august – Presegno, Italy


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
- reflection
- absorption and
- filtering
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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.