EAR RIDE - I
A site-specific sound installation in the form of a treasure hunt at the Bogliasco Study Center. An audience, walkers/listeners, move along the trails of the Villa dei Pini garden, following various tracks: voices, creaks, trains, birds and fountains of unknown provenance that guide the ear and therefore the walk.
This walk aims to make a geographical path perceived through time as a musical composition, and the listening as a creative act.
The public not only "performs" sequences of soundscapes through their listening, but each individual is also the "composer" of his/her own listening experience, partly consciously choosing how to move, and partly instinctively becoming interested in certain acoustic features more than others. Moreover, we all listen differently, according to the qualities of our body and personal background.
An audience, walkers/listeners, will move along the trails of the Villa dei Pini garden, following various tracks: voices, creaks, trains, birds and fountains of unknown provenance that guide the ear and therefore the walk.
The sonic path is built on intersections between the unpredictable local soundscape and fixed, composed audio tracks that are embroidered into the original environment. Both reveal themselves gradually through proximity, patience and curiosity; their relationship varies continuously and according to the filter of subjective listening.
In order to fully appreciate the walk, the audience does not speak, and possible production of sounds by the public is regulated by instructions. Wandering these trails is equivalent to being on a stage where we do not emit but detect sounds.
Ear Ride in the garden of Villa dei Pini is also a descent: while embracing a wide sound perspective from above, full of faraway sounds that blend together, we are more and more irresistibly captured by details, as we descend. The arrival at the Chalet is a turning point beyond which the auditory exploration becomes completely natural: in some moments, the sea waves may fill the whole acoustic space. The climb back up also transforms the listener’s perception. The same routes can be retraced any time in any direction, always bringing different outcomes.
The audio material composed for the Ear Ride project is all derived from sounds recorded in the premises of the Bogliasco Foundation. This has been possible to a larger extent thanks to the vocal and sensitive contribution of the residents and the staff members.