SOUND THRESHOLD Music and Sound through the Landscape a project by Daniela Cascella and Lucia Farinati a parallel event of Manifesta 7, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy

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Music and Sound through the Landscape

a project by Daniela Cascella and Lucia Farinati

16July and 28 September 2008

a parallel event of Manifesta 7, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy




How doesone transcend the picture postcard effect that the alpine landscape calls tomind? How does one shatter representational conventions and two-dimensionalways of thinking and seeing? How can one capture the very breath of alandscape? Sound and music are the media through which Sound Threshold has chosen to confrontthese questions. Through performances, sound installations and fieldrecordings, Sound Thresholdexplores the visual, natural, literary and acoustic landscape of the Trentino region in conjunction with the latest research inthe fields of ecology, technology and archaeology. Sound Threshold is informed by the multi-facetedrelationship between music, sound and landscape beyond gallery and museumcontexts – furthermore it outlines possible routes for futurecross-disciplinary production in co-operation with the most importantscientific research centres in Trentino.

Inparallel with MANIFESTA 7 (European Biennial of Contemporary Art hosted thisyear in the Trentino-South Tyrol region) fourexclusive events will take place at Monte Bondone,near Trento, and at Monte San Martino near Lake Garda. Produced for Sound Threshold by the Edmund Mach Foundation – theCentre for Alpine Ecology at Monte Bondone and theMuseum of Riva del Garda, in collaboration with Paneveggio Park and the Archaeological Heritage Office ofthe Autonomous Province of Trento, the events aresupported by the Autonomous Province of Trento, APT Trento – Bondone –the Valley of the Lakes, the Arts and Environment Office of Bondone, Riva del Garda town council, and Museo Tridentino di ScienzeNaturali


Sound Threshold kicks off on 16July at the Centre for Alpine Ecology at Monte Bondone(CEALP). The projectwill feature the sound recordist Chris Watson and the musical groups Blind Cave Salamander and Fovea Hex.


Througha residency at Monte Bondone and Paneveggio Park, ChrisWatson has been invited to explore the acoustic phenomena of Trentino and capture the atmospheres and sounds of thealpine environment. A series of sound recordings made in situ, resulting in theCD Cima Verde, present the soundscapes uncovered by Watson, which capture the changein seasons from winter to spring, the different degrees of altitude, thereawakening of sounds on the cusp between night and day and the alternating andmixing of audio signals that characterise different natural habitats.


Cima Verde, co-produced by FondazioneEdmund Mach and LoL Productions, will be launched on Wednesday 16 July 2008 at CEALP, and is the first project commissioned toWatson by an Italian organisation. Cima Verde is also the title of the surround sound installation,created from the recordings gathered during Watson’s residency at CEALPfor Sound Threshold, which willbe presented at MANIFESTA 7 from 19 July to 2 November. The installation willbe part of Auditory Epode, curated by Adam Budak with Tobi Maier (Manifattura Tabacchi, piazza dellaManifattura 1, Rovereto,every day from 10 am to 7 pm, Fridays till 9 pm


On thesame day, 16 July 2008 at sunset,two concerts will take place at the Terrazza delle Stelle (the open-air observatory situated on the plateau ofMonte Bondone, at an altitude of 1.565 metres): Blind Cave Salamander, a project by Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo andPaul Beauchamp, and Fovea Hex, agroup conceived by Irish singer Clodagh Simonds, constantly fluctuating between melody andabstraction, tradition and experimentation.


Thesecond part of Sound Threshold willrelocate on 28 September 2008 to the archaeological site of the Sanctuaryof Monte S. Martino, in the southern part of Trentino,just a few kilometres from Riva del Garda. With their project Elgaland-Vargaland, the Swedishartists, musicians and ‘agitators of ideas’, Carl Michael von Hausswolffand Leif Elggrenand will capture the multiple literary references of mitteleurope emanating from travelwritings inspired by Lake Garda and its shadowy landscape. Envisioning the creation of a kingdombeyond nation states, the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) compriseall those areas of flux and border - geographical, mental or digital. In MonteS. Martino, through the very elusiveness of sound, KREV will navigate theuncharted imaginary spaces of a threshold.





Centro di Ecologia Alpina– Terrazza delle Stelle

Viote diMonte Bondone, Trento, Italy

CEALP + 39 0461 939555


4 pm

Centro di Ecologia Alpina diMonte Bondone


Cima Verde CD launch 


7.30 pm

Terrazza delle Stelle, Viotedel Monte Bondone



open-air live performance 







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A22 (Brennero) motorway, exit Trento;state road 12 of Abetone and Brennerofrom Verona or Bolzano; state road 47 (Valsugana) from Venice; state road 45 bis- Gardesana Occidentalefrom Brescia and Lake Garda,SP 85 – Monte Bondone from Trento


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In case of rain the concert will take place in Trento at TeatroSan Marco, via San Bernardino 6, and will start at 9.30 pm





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Produced by Museo Civico Riva del Garda 

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Chris Watson is one of the most unique and versatile figures on the Britishexperimental scene. In 1972 he was one of the founders of the seminal new wavegroup, Cabaret Voltaire, and in 1981 one member of the cult project inexperimental music, The Hafler Trio. Watson’sinterest in the multiple inflections of the sounds of nature has led him towork as a sound recordist in numerous documentariesfor the BBC, an activity that bothsupports and informs his sound recordings published on CD.


Fovea Hex is the project of Irish singer Clodagh Simonds, who has chosen to workalongside such illustrious names as Brian Eno, AndrewMcKenzie (The Hafler Trio), Colin Potter (Nurse WithWound) and Robert Fripp to produce a trilogy ofEP’s, Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent (DieStadt, 2005-2007). Fovea Hex have already achievedcult status, and last year they took part in the DonauFestival curated by David Tibet (Current 93) and in aseries of concerts curated by David Lynch at theCartier Foundation in Paris.


Clodagh Simonds: voice, piano, laptop

Laura Sheeran: accordion, voice

CoraVenus Lunny: violin, viola, voice

JuliaKent: cello

Michael Begg: electronics

ColinPotter: sound, electronics 



Blind Cave Salamander is a project by Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo and Paul Beauchamp - an unusual mix of electronica,strings and guitars, drones and field recordings; a collection of finelywrought sounds that at times lean towards hypnotic lullabies (Julia Kent,cellist with Antony & the Johnsonsand Current 93, is a fellow contributor) and at others towardsabstraction. 


Paul Beauchamp: electronics

Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo: electro-acoustics

JuliaKent: cello

Michael Begg:electronics




Sound Threshold explores the relationships between site and sound. Itcommissions and produces cross-disciplinary projects and partnerships with researchorganizations working beyond conventional gallery and museum contexts. SoundThreshold investigates the idea ofthreshold as an extended metaphor of boundary, frontier, track, border anddifference - not only visual traces but also natural elements, literaryreferences, acoustic phenomena. 


Sound Threshold was established in 2007 by Daniela Cascella(music critic, Rome) and Lucia Farinati (curator, London).



Francesco Bonazzi 


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