Sound Reportage

by Francesco Michi

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From a technical point of view the SOUND REPORTAGE are timed recordings, made on an endless cassette, using a cassette recorder without the erasing head. Various recordings (little fragments of the existing sound material) overlap in a quite random way; if the sounds that were recorded before are enough loud and have a distinct presence, they'll inform with themselves the the recordings that will overlap them. The dominant frequencies and the characteristic of the sounds themselves and of the various acoustic environments will be reinforced and will become more and more manifest; rhythmic elements, if they are very frequent, will be magnified or overlapped, creating new patterns.
Sound reportages are really researches about the soundscape of certain environments, but I like to think of them also as reflections about our own memory, in which any new experience can magnify or fade or erase the memories and the traces of the ones that came before.
Note: for a listening as faithful as possible to the SOUND REPORTAGE operation, each track would be listened as a loop, even if I don't feel to recommend it. (Francesco Michi)

credits

released April 27, 2003

Produced by Francesco Michi and Giovanni Antognozzi
Recorded on a modified Sony Walkman TCS-580V on endless cassettes "Master Italiana'.
Commodore 64 computer with original software by Stefano Maurri. Additional operating software by Francesco Michi.
Digital restoration and CD master by Giuseppe Caprioli.

E-book credits:
Sound Reportage Library
Design by Elsa Mersi
Photographs by Alessandro Bruscoli

Graphic design and executive production by Giovanni Antognozzi.

Thanks to Stephan Wunderlich, Cuticchio family, Virgilio Sieni, Antonio Di Benedetto

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