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.