Pietro Riparbelli – Cathedrals
“In the Cathedrals project, the cathedrals are shown as sounding objects. Riparbelli presents splendid aural documents or dioramas. It is man that makes these spaces resound, with his steps, speech, any sound generating activity. This is a dialogue determined by acoustic premises, enabling us to experience ourselves in the space of a sound. It also provides the possibility to engage in a retroactive dialogue between the sound of the self versus the sound of a space, for example by Alvin Lucier’s deliberate action in I Am Sitting in a Room or in the form of aural residues of human and lack of natural activity recorded on Jacob Kirkegaard’s Four Rooms. Riparbelli bypasses the hard-as-difficult aspect by offering simply the basic stone hard reverberation of the churches that wholly naturally projects an atmosphere of awe and veneration”.
I have always been fascinated by sacred places and by the atmosphere of contemplative peace and I have always listened to and recorded their acoustic environments. At some point I felt the need to transform this passion of mine into a proper project directly linked to my activity as a sound researcher. That’s how I started Cathedrals, which is a sort of sound archive collecting material from cathedrals, churches, and other sacred places. This material will be used in other projects such as sound installations or recordings.
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