Loud Listening is the first sonic exploration experiment that has the intention of investigating the soundscapes of the Italian industrial areas.

Exploring the industrial space moves from a reflection on the current global economic crisis and on the future of the production areas of the peninsula, largely destined to be abandoned and / or converted.

Despite the downturn, many large and small companies are still operating.  However, this proves that the soundscape of the Italian production areas is still distinguished by the acoustic characteristics typical of primary and secondary manufacturing. Whether this peculiarity is being lost or not is an open question and Listening Loud seeks to provide a first response.

If the first edition of Loud Listening includes field recordings from different Italian sites, the intention now is to replicate the experiment and adapt it with respect to particular districts or production areas of the territory.


CRÓNICA 067~2012


Four Italian soundscape artists worked in four ailing Italian industrial sites. Their work aimed to capture the strength of industrial noises, providing
a “loud experience” of mechanical hums, natural drones, metal squeaks, waves of steam and the sounds of raw materials, simultaneously proposing to reflect over the meaning and the high social value of industries and workers in a country where they are often overlooked.

Their work was distributed to a host of musicians and sound artists that, looking from afar to Italian industry, but perhaps feeling much of the effects of the crisis that is affecting it, reinterpreted the original sources and provided the ten reinterpretations that complete this release.

This release is born of AIPS — Archivio Italiano Dei Paesaggi Sonori,

Available as a free download from www.cronicaelectronica.org


Alessio Ballerini recorded in a large boatyard located in Ancona. Port: 43.62142 / 13.50952 Ancona (Ancona)

Enrico Coniglio worked at the plant of the Grandi Molini Italiani in Porto

Marghera, on Venice’s waterfront. This plant is specialized in producing soft wheat flour and durum wheat semolina. Grandi Molini Italiani: Via dell’Elettricità, 13; 30175 Porto Marghera (Venezia)

Giuseppe Cordaro visited Acciaieria di Rubiera, based at Casalgrande,

close to the Secchia river, surrounded by fertile farmland. This furnace, with its 70-ton capacity, has yielded significant improvements in quality and productivity. Acciaierie di Rubiera: Via XXV Aprile; 42013 San Donnino di Casalgrande (Reggio Emilia)

Attilio Novellino recorded the Marcellinara plants of Calme Cementi, an

italian factory specialized in the production of cement, lime and calcium carbonate. Calme Cementi: Zona Industriale SS 280 Km 16.7; 88040 Marcellinara (Catanzaro)


01 Giuseppe Cordaro: Acciaierie di Rubiera

02 Enrico Coniglio: Grandi Molini Italiani

03 Attilio Novellino: Calme Cementi

04 Alessio Ballerini: Port

05 Gintas K: Before One

06 Mathias Delplanque: Calme

07 Our Love Will Destroy The World: Billowing Blackening Bliss

08 Pure: Piercing Clouds With Laserguns

09 Yu Miyashita: Tetramiss

10 Gintas K: One

11 @c: Novantuno (per Enrico)

12 Lawrence English: A Ballad For The Machine

13 Simon Whetham: Fabricaria

14 TU M’: Dopolavoro


Produced by Ballerini, Carvalhais, Coniglio, Cordaro and Novellino. Post production by Attilio Novellino.

Mastering by Miguel Carvalhais.

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