An historical document, but still present, from one of the
most important artists and scholars of the relationship
between sound and environment, promoter of a new kind of
approach to the soundscape. The ‘repechage’ of the reasons
of the experimental avantgardes and their new proposal with
the same, untouched, strength.
"SUONO AMBIENTE (SOUND ENVIRONMENT) was the title of a
series of events (listening sessions, round-table discussion,
concerts, exhibition) that, in 1977, I organized with ZONA, a
small, informal artist’s group in Florence. For the first time
themes such as soundscape studies, environmental music,
and the medical-social aspects of noise pollution, were dealt
with together. In the same year the series was repeated, in
an expanded form, at the Centro Internazionale di Brera, in
Milan. SUONO AMBIENTE was also the title of a lecture I gave,
in 1978, at DAMS in Bologna, which then was revised and
published on cassette by Harpo’s Bazaar. (With the exception
of DAMS, none of those structures has survived.)
What is the reason for this repêchage? If, on the one hand,
the theme of the Soundscape now meets with some timid
interest, on the other hand, the cultural climate in which the
first studies and artistic experiences had developed now has
almost completely disappeared. When, in the eighties, the
death of artistic and political utopias was declared, the
questions posed by the experimental avantgarde were simply
put aside.” (Albert Mayr)
1) Introduzione / R. Murray Schafer / The World Soundscape
The Vancouver Soundscape (LP excerpts)
Howard Broomfield / Easter Day in Cembra (excerpt)
2) Rumore e salute nei posti di lavoro 08'50"
3) Aspetti sociali e di animazione culturale 08'04"
Guido Bresaola / Animazione sonora ambientale con
Albert Mayr / Amplificazione Disponibile
4) Il Treno di Cage 11'21"
5) La Environmental Music 20'55"
David Toop / Bi(s)onic Piece - The Howler Monkey/The
Rain/The Willing Vessel (excerpt) (Gruppo Nuova Musica)
Alvin Lucier / I am sitting in a room (Albert Mayr)
Max Eastley / Sound Examples