Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Italian release of the book Acoustic Environments in Change

 The Italian release of the book Acoustic Environments in Change


On a warm late spring evening, the 18th of May at Villa Lante, a group of Italian and Finnish scholars, artists, and among others the Finnish ambassador Petri Tuomi-Nikula, walked and listened to the acoustic horizon on the hill of Gianicolo in Rome. They were led by Doctor Noora Vikman. It was interesting, how different the atmosphere was a few steps below when compared to the top of the hill.

  After the discussion there were four small presentations. First professor Helmi Järviluoma introduced the Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology, professor Albert Mayr, then said a few words about Forum fur Klanglandschaft – the mid-European soundscape society. Noora Vikman presented the basic facts about the project and publication Acoustic Environments in Change; the cultural journalist, Dr Antonello Colimberti finished the event discussing the AEC publication – the book was from his perspective most welcome, and actual.

   Wine and snacks were kindly offered by Villa Lante, and the Finnish guests Vikman and Järviluoma got to know many Italian soundscape enthusiasts from Rome and Bologna, among other places. After the event the Finnish composer Eero Hämeenniemi, who happened to be staying at Villa Lante, kindly introduced a fantastic place to eat "home-cooked" Italian food, Da Bugatina at Testaccio.

   SoCS project workers then had to start to prepare to the next  demands – for the conference in Firenze. Our warm thanks go to Albert Mayr and Simo Örmä, among others, for helping to organise the event.

Helmi Järviluoma

1 comment:

  1. Dear all,

    I also remember the evening in Rome with warm thoughts - the sounds and atmosphere on the Gianicolo hill. Thank you also to Albert Mayr, Simo Örmä as well as other organizers and audience in Villa Lante. Hope the AEC-book can open new points of view and listening points to our environments anywhere.

    Rome seemed huge for the eye, obviously full of life but amazingly soft sounding when listening to the city up in the hill. Some of the listening walkers heard sounds from the below for the first time! No wonder the Villa was built up there. I was told it had been an escapist project - kind of clearance from the 16th century clamor. We can just imagine how different it was.

    Greetings from Firenze!

    Noora Vikman