Empremtes Sonores / Huellas Sonoras

2011 | soundscape research, field recording, interactive sound map, blog, photography, electroacoustic composition

Commissioned by Inland-Campo Adentro: Art, Agricultures and Countryside.
Produced in collaboration with ACVIC Arts Centre, Sant Bartomeu del Grau Municipality and Radio Aporee.

empremtes sonores was a sound mapping project of Sant Bartomeu del Grau, a village situated in the region of Lluçanes-Osona in Catalonia, developed during a two-month residency in the locale during the Summer 2011. The project investigated the speci cs of this territory through a hearing perspective. The eld work was aimed to find the most singular elements informing the identity of the place, and reveal the ‘unheard’ and less obvious aspects of the environment. In a broader sense, the work aims to stimulate an attentive listening, raising awareness towards the sonic environment as an intangible aspect which is integral to the everyday experience in each territory.

The main outcome of the project was an online sound map featuring sound recordings placed in more than seventy spots within the town and surroundings. The interactive digital cartography has been supplemented with several other outcomes including the publication of a residency blog, a photo-essay, a collection of found objects, and an electroacoustic composition. The project had a one-month solo exhibition in the village and has been also featured in several events and group exhibitions of Inland-Campo Adentro in Madrid (MediaLab Prado, La Casa Encendida), Vic (ACVic), and elsewhere.

EMPREMTES SONORES – SOUND MAP Sant Bartomeu del Grau
Listening on headphones or good quality speakers is encouraged.

SBG#1 is a composition created with sound materials from the project. The piece was premiered in Medialab Prado Madrid on 14th September 2011 and released on a cd compilation by the festival (h)ear #2: the Art of Sound, in Heerleen, Netherlands, 2012.

Special thanks to: Silvia Janöskova, Udo Noll, Mikel R. Nieto, Manuel Calurano, Cal Xico, Bar Caribe, Silvia, Merçe, Joan, Marichel, Quim, Julio, Lluis, Grallers de St Bartomeu, Joan Sales, Josep Salvans, Said Ouchan, Familia Musoll, Familia Baulenas, Maite Palomo, Eli Wenceslao, Carles Arumi, Ramón Parramón and Miquel Sitjá.

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