Sabbia (Sand)

live performance - Germany, 2021
percussions, custom-made electronic Instrument, multichannel sound system
A collaboration between sound artist Alfredo Ardia and free jazz percussionist Vasco Furtado started in November 2020. Working with improvisation, the Cologne based duo focuses on the acoustic characteristics of prepared percussion, custom-made electronics and immersive sound diffusion.

Drumhead textures and cymbals resonances become the main object of research and sonic exploration of the instrument. Electroacoustic processes extend these acoustic properties in time, space and spectrum. The result is an organic soundscape which alternates quiet and contemplative moments to dense textures inspired by transformations and movements of desert sand.

The live performance is presented with an 8-channel audio system surrounding the audience. Sounds are diffused and spatialized in real-time creating an immersive listening experience.

"Sabbia" also exhists as a variant without performers installation format.

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