Audioscan, the sound of the city
By Giorgio Sancristoforo
Edited by di Vittoria Broggini
128 pp. 39 illustrations bn + audio CD
italian and english
Audioscan is a multimedia interactive installation and a live performance combining music and video including 1.580 recordings and phonometric surveys gathered within the perimeter contained in the main ring road of Milano. Both are based on the sound mapping of Milano. Audioscan puts itself up as a chance to reflect on the features of the sound surrounding us and the spaces we act in. A process of meeting and exchange between contemporary art, music and environmental themes, a meditation on soundscape and the auditive dimension of human experience, both on an aesthetic and a social perspective. An ambitious cataloguing work and an awakening project through the transformation of a waste product of technological society – noise – into an artwork.
Lets consider a city Milano and try to listen to it, in its wholeness. Millions of vehicles and machines stirring chaotically, punctuating the rhythm of our affairs on Earth. We deem this ocean of unwelcome sounds mostly as noise. This soundscape eludes our control: we barely rectify it, yet we cant give it up, since its embodied in the truck carrying our food, in the tram taking us to work, in the construction site building our houses. Its the sound of contemporaneity.
Sounds can be sculpted. We can use noise as raw material to start with. Noise is at the same time no sound and all the possible sounds. Just as white light contains all the colours, noise contains countless sounds.
Therefore, instead of using musical instruments we have ground and crumbled noise in very fine components, building from these elements orchestras made up of roads and airplanes, people and
cars. We have created music from a scrap of our society.
Everything is transformed. Nothing resembles anymore its former essence. Airplanes become microscopic percussions, cars are turned into metallic pianos, hollow murmurs and waterish illusions. Braking and tailpipes screeches become tides of the thinnest strings.
Concept and art direction
Giorgio Sancristoforo e Giuseppe Cordaro
Diego Del Sarto
Software & sound design
Assistant sound designers
Diego Del Sarto
Tech Stuff – Video Manual of Electronic Music
192 Pages + DVD
Tech Stuff: an electronic music documentary and manual (in English and Italian). Tech STuff goes into everything within one musical genre that has lasted almost a century: from the first studies on sound, to the Theremin, from the great composers (among whom are Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Bruno Maderna), to the Moog explosion. In an exclusive interview the Maestro Karlheinz Stockhausen goes over his career as electronics pioneer. Tech Stuff is not only a journey through avant-garde sound landscapes, but also a practical guide that explains how a synthesizer works.
Iconic, ironic, brave, geek!