Unità is the last stop into teh city center. Possible beginning for travels in and out of Florence. The hotels, the train station, the administrartive offices, a constant crossroad of people, voices and sounds.
Some are coming home, others are discovering a new city for the first time...
The tracks selected for this stop are:
Taxi take me home
Radio Continental Drift
Feat. Thandanani Women’s Ensemble
Length: 70 seconds
Recorded in Bulawayo, October 2013
[winner of the 2019 Bemjamin Call for Soundworks]
Take me home is an excerpt of the song with which the Thandanani Women’s Ensemble closed a long day spent in the company of Claudia Wegener (a.k.a Radio Continental Drift). It is the farewell song that sent all of them on the road back home. It has been recorded in the Matshobana township, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 2013.
Lenght: 120 seconds
π is an imperfect and irrational number that tends to infinity, embodying expectation as a moment of tension and 'not yet'.
π is also the mathematical constant for identifying the circle and in plane geometry it indicates a relationship between elements.
A group of people gathers in circle at the Centro Sereno Regis in Turin. Individuals stand in circle, they mutually hear eachother, hum and improvise together. The spontaneous deal that arises between the collective sounds creates a cathartic melody, capable of transporting unknown people into a spatial and temporal elsewhere which is also a here and now: a temporary community capable of embodying the tension of waiting.
Sunrise from a bath, Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico
Length: 89 seconds
Balam Ronan is a sound artist and composer base in Geneva, Switzerland. His practice is currently focused listening and soundscaping; he works between field recordings, sound art, action art, participatory & relational art in public spaces. His soundscapes have been released by Green Field Recordings, Echomusic, Sonic Terrain, La Escucha Atenta, Auriculab and Suplex. Sunrise from a bath, Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico is a soundscape. It is part of Ronan's Sound Menu project, which is a compilation of recordings that he have made over the past 7 years in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Switzerland, the United States and Uruguay.
Portuguese old fashion show
Lenght: 92 seconds
Jeanne Debarsy graduated in sound engineering at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in 2007. She collaborates with numerous artists both for cinema, radio and music productions. In 2011 she directed her first radio documentary, Ino Vaovao Mada to continue with Los Santos and Terre Noire. In 2017 she produced her first radio drama La première fois que je suis devenu foule, a binaural work which was selected for the Prix Europa, the Prix Phonurgia Nova and La semaine du son in Brussels. In 2018 she was awarded the SCAM-SACD Award for the BELGIAN RADIO. Portuguese old fashion show is a soundscape.
Roberto Paci Dalò
Length: 76 seconds
Notturno is a fragment of a longer pieces composed by Roberto Paci Dalò and Francesca Mizzoni during their residency at Western Front (Vancouver). It is a mix of Nocturnal sounds, the animal world and electronics.
Roberto Paci Dalò is a composed and radio maker. He is member of the Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft and he teaches Interaction Design at the University of San Marino where he founded Usmaradio.
Length: 60 seconds
This work was composed on Monday 8th April 2019, six days before Liverpool played Chelsea as they pushed for their first Premier League championship since 1990. The last time they came close to winning the top prize, I was there as Chelsea came to town, a game known more for Steven Gerrard’s slip than the Luis Suarez miss or Mo Salah playing so poorly for Chelsea. This season Liverpool have played 33 games so far, with their results read out by computer voice Kate – WWWWWWDDWWDWWWWWWWWWLWWDDWDWDWWWW – and supported by an anonymous recording of The Bobby Firmino song. Allez! Allez! Allez!
Length: 105 seconds
[this piece is not available online as it is part of still an ongoing project by Anna Raimondo]
An encounter with Myriam-Said, the only female performer of the famous Jema el Fnaa square in Marrakech. A voice with no borders, hard to pin-point, fluid as the sea that resonates with her.
She sings a popular song form the 70s band Nass El Ghiwane, known for theis songs tied with the Moroccan resistance under king Hassan II.
This recording is part of an ongoing personal work by artsit Anna Raimondo that focuses on the complex visibile/invisibile relationship of women into the public sphere.
Anna Raimondo is an artist living and working in Bruxelles and around the Mediterranean region. She's from Naples and she often works with sound.