[ 27. Oktober 2015 ]



From: Ephraim Wegner


Crónica 099~2015 AIFF/MP3

@c, Enrico Ascoli, Alessio Ballerini, Miguel Carvalhais, Maile Colbert,

Enrico Coniglio, Jazznoize, Vitor Joaquim, Gintas K, Mikel R. Nieto,

Attilio Novellino, Durán Vázquez, Ephraim Wegner

Loud Listening is a format created by Alessio Ballerini, Enrico Coniglio

and Attilio Novellino, members of the Archivio Italiano Paesaggi Sonori,

an association founded to promote the culture of soundscapes.

Loud Listening is a sonic exploration experiment that intends to

investigate the soundscapes of Italian industrial areas. This starts

from a reflection on the current global economic crisis and on the

future of the production areas of the peninsula, largely destined to

abandonment or conversion.

Despite the downturn, many companies are still operating, and the

soundscape of the Italian production areas is still distinguished by the

acoustic characteristics typical of primary and secondary manufacturing.

Whether this peculiarity is being lost or not is an open question and

Loud Listening seeks to seek for a response.

By collecting field recordings made in industrial areas located in four

different cities of the peninsula, the first step of Loud Listening

draws the first sections of a sound map of the Italian industrial

production, which is geographically documented.

Loud Listening has been released in Crónica in 2012.

If the first edition of Loud Listening includes field recordings from

different Italian sites, the second edition focus on a particular

production district: the island of Murano in Venice and its unique glass


In January 2014 the artistic residence “Loud ~ Listening Through the

Sound of Murano Glass”, was held, a project made possible thanks to the

Consortium Promovetro Murano with the support of the Chamber of Commerce

of Venice. This project allowed the development of a sound mapping of

glass production, with particular attention to sounds related to

traditional activities both by companies that operate in the handcrafts

sector and by those working in the industry. During the residence the

sound artists were engaged in the audio recording of the sounds during

glass production in some of the most important furnaces in Murano. The

entire residence has also been documented with audio and video

recordings for the construction of a documentary film.

Ballerini, Coniglio and Novellino spent a considerable time in the

island and were engaged in audio and video recording of the glass

production of some major companies that have agreed to cooperate in the

initiative, opening access to the places of production. The sounds of

glass production were recorded in all the stages of the production

cycle, making it possible to create a sound library of Murano

production: from the classic furnace to lampworking, from the mirror to

the grinding of the product in secondary processing.

Sites documented:

Signoretto Lampadari (furnace illuminazione), Fondamenta da Mula 148

Simone Cenedese (furnace), Calle Bertolini

F.lli Barbini (mirrors/enhancing), Calle Bertolini 36

Alessandro Mandruzzato (Grinding department), Fondamenta Navagero 54b

La Perla Veneziana (lampwork beads), Riva Longa 53

Seguso Gianni e Zanetti (2 furnaces), Fondamenta Serenella 3

Loud Listening Murano compiles twelve reinterpretations and remixes,

from Ballerini, Coniglio and Novellino, and from a host of musicians and

sound artists to whom the original recordings were sent.


Alessio Ballerini: LL2 (2:26)

Jazznoize: Sforzo (10:39)

Gintas K: 3.16 (3:16)

Durán Vázquez: Edward Bernays’s Pupils (14:26)

Mikel R. Nieto: Everything that needs to be there is here and nothing

more (or 39 recordings all together starting from the beginning) (6:22)

Attilio Novellino: A New Path to Murano #1 (6:49)

Ephraim Wegner: 8a1b11c4d11e2f2g4i2l3m11n13o5r7s10t1u2z (11:20)

Maile Colbert: Seesaw (7:43)

@c: Centodieci (9:59)

Enrico Ascoli: 1723°C (7:40)

Vitor Joaquim & Miguel Carvalhais: LLLX (16:22)

Enrico Coniglio: A New Path to Murano #2 (12:04)