Up In The Valley is a sound/listening workshop taking place on the mountains of the ValSabbia region in Northern Italy.

Presenting a series of listening pieces specifically designed for the location, the workshop explores the propagation of sound in space and the interaction between sound, space and listener.

During the 5 days of the workshop, acousitc principles and sound effects such as reflection, absorption, filtering, and distance 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.

All the listening pieces are site specific and take advantage of the affordances/constraints of the location. Mountain serves as unique setting providing specific qualities such as high silence/noise ratio, long-distance acoustic horizon and multiple reflecting surfaces.

The pieces are presented as part of a series of walking excursions. The average time of each excursion is 6/8 hours including breaks.

See a SELECTION OF IMAGES from the past editions of the workshop.

22: arrival
23: intro + familiarization with the location
24>27: workshop
28: outro + bye bye

The workshop takes place in Presegno (Brescia) and its surrounding area.
Presegno is a small village with less than a dozen inhabitants.
The village is situated 1000 meters above sea level in the mountains of the Sabbia Valley.
Here you can read more about the place.

Participants stay in a shared accommodation house (the former school of the village).
The house consists of 2 big sleeping rooms, dining room, kitchen and toilets.
If you want more privacy you can bring your tent and sleep outside.

In the village there are no shops and there’s only one bar.
Food is prepared together in the kitchen of the house where we stay.

1) Approx 50 euro for the accommodation (6 nights)
2) Approx 40 euro for eating (6 days)
3) I dont’ feel comfortable asking you money for the workshop. You choose how much you want to give according to your financial situation and your system of values. The initiative is 100% self organized and there’s nobody sponsoring it.

Maximum number is ~8.
Not for those who suffer vertigo and panic attack.

Bring approriate shoes (we’ll walk on steep mountain trails), long trouser (against insects), sun lotion, sun cap, water bottle/thermos, backpack, lunchbox, warm clothes (it might be slighlty cold in the evening, we’re 1000 high…), water proof jacket and everything you need in case of rain.
If you have a history of anaphylaxis or any other allergic reaction to insect bites, bring your own epinephrine autoinjector and/or antihistamines.
Bring your sleeping bag (there’re enough beds but not enough bed-sheets…).
If you have a mobile phone, download a white noise generator and a tone generator app (If you can’t find one, I will send you a couple of links by email).

1) Flight with Ryanair to Milan/Orio al Serio or to Verona or to any other city in norther italy
2) Take a bus or train to Brescia.
3) Take a bus to Vestone/Lavenone.
I’ll come and pick you up at the bus station.
More detailed info will be sent to the registered participants.

send an email to: baitabaita AT riseup DOT com