Subject: LOUD LISTENING MURANO
From: Ephraim Wegner
LOUD LISTENING MURANO
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.
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)