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Ritmi Rurali (suonano ancora) [bonus]

Ritmi Rurali (suonano ancora) [bonus]

I'm still in rural southern Italy as artist-in-residence, so I haven't had time to finish up the next regular episode of the podcast, which is a tenth anniversary celebration of ACL. But last week I was in Colle Sannita in the province of Benevento, where my paternal grandfather's mother grew up and where her family had deep roots. I conducted a multi-day workshop, mostly leading soundwalks with high school students. I also interviewed townsfolk of all ages, and made all kinds of recordings. On Sunday evening, as part of the return of Liminaria, I made a public presentation to town, giving a brief overview of sound studies and my artistic methodology, before presenting a live soundscape composition based on the recordings and interviews I'd conducted during my workshop. I present that piece to you here: Ritmi Rurali (suonano ancora).

Ritmi Rurali (suonano ancora) is a 15′ sound collage comprised of ambient soundscapes and interviews recorded in Colle Sannita (BN).

I set the length of the piece to 15 minutes, which is also the interval at which the church bells in the campanile ring (day or night). I was a bit surprised how habituated the Collese are to the incessant chiming. We grow numb to background noise and even if we hear, we often fail to listen. Thus I lean heavily into the sound of those bells in this piece, both rhythmically and in terms of timbre.

Interviews in Italian, Headphone Listening Recommended.

-Joseph Sannicandro

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Sound Propositions
Sound Propositions features conversations with artists exploring their creative practices and individual aesthetics, conceived of as a counter-narrative to a dominant trend in music journalism which fetishizes equipment and new technologies. Each episode combines interviews with music, field-recordings, and experimental sound design.
For fans of experimental music, field-recording, drone, electro-acoustic, ambient, modern composition, and other contemporary electronic music genres.
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