UP IN THE VALLEY 5-9 august 2017

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 and exercises specifically designed for the location, the workshop explores the propagation of sound in space and the interaction between sound, space and body.

During the 4 days of the workshop, basic acoustic principles and sound effects such as reflection, absorption and filtering 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.

The activities are exploration-based and run under a performative frame that refers to notions of relation, presence, and touch.

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

The pieces/exercises 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.

The workshop is 4 days: 6 > 9 august.
Participants are expected to arrive on the 5th of august.

Maximum number is 8.

Participants stay 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.

In the village there are no shops and there’s only one bar.
There’s only one market which is 40 mins from the village. If you need something special we can stop there on saturday before going up to the village.
I do the groceries before the workshop starts. We’ll share the costs at the end of the workshop.
Food is prepared with the help of a couple of friends. You won’t be disappointed.
If you prefer you can stay autonomous and buy food/cook for yourself.

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.

On the 10th of august there will be a very special party in the village for the celebration of S. Lorenzo – the night of the shooting stars. You cannot miss it!
Here you can listen to some RECORDINGS that I made at the party in 2013.

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.