Travelling at the speed of sound

In most cases, back from a trip, we take home a handful of images and many memories, especially visual ones.

In 2018, during a trip in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal, we felt the need to record and map also sound events for better describing and remembering places, landscapes, people, life in a country we were visiting.

Recording Atlas project wants to provide the user with a wider range of stirrings in describing and telling about a place. As the name itself clarifies, the aim is to create a visual atlas of sound recordings, an interactive map in which visual and acoustic stimuli are matched.

Visual documents are photographs: they allow the user to concentrate better on the acoustic aspect compared, for example, to a video, which on the contrary conveys the attention on the sensory aspect that mostly attracts our brain, namely the image. Each recording and the related shot will be accompanied by an explanatory caption of the situation, the location and the condition in which the recording has been made: often in our trips very contradictory situations between image and sound happened. In many cases this very contradiction, that for such reason needs to he explained in a second phase, led us to document with our audiovisive materials. The aim of our project is to tell with sounds about a landscape, a city, stories of people from all the world with their words or their music, but also to put the attention on the world that changes every day: what we do, in fact, is to narrate a specific place in a specific historical period through sounds and to underline, with even more strength than an image alone, the unicity of the experience and the lived moment.

Parte delle registrazioni al momento disponibili sono state effettuate in alta qualità (48.000 hz/24 bit in formato lossless .wav) con registratori portatili e microfoni binaurali, ovvero due piccoli microfoni omnidirezionali posizionati all’interno delle orecchie del tecnico: una volta riascoltate con l’uso di normali cuffie o auricolari, queste registrazioni danno una risposta totalmente immersiva all’ascoltatore, dato che i suoni, i rumori, gli effetti sono catturati direttamente da un paio di orecchie e restituiti ad un altro paio di orecchie. Saranno quindi percepiti nello spazio esattamente come sono catturati: anche la tecnologia utilizzata rende chiaro ed esplicito il ruolo di chi racconta, la componente soggettiva che caratterizza la registrazione sul campo.

Furthermore, the map/site will be enriched by anthropological texts, which have the purpose to investigate the analysed reality and dig deeper in it.

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Chantal Antonizzi
Photographer | Videomaker | Thematic Studies

Laura Pronestì 
Fotografa | Tecnica audio | Videomaker

Matteo Concina

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Normal stereo recording, 48.000 Hz, 24 bit

Binaural recording, 8.000 Hz, 24 bit. Headphones on for a better immersive sensation.

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Laura Pronestì | P.IVA 09745190968