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.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE DOCUMENTATION FROM THE PAST EDITIONS OF THE WORKSHOP