Seismic Symphonies come to life from the translation of seismograms recorded during some earthquakes that have taken place around the world. Seismograms are translated into music by a sculpture-instrument, half a seismograph and half a barrel organ.
The organ plays through holes practiced on paper. Adapting the documents to the instrument score, holes have been drilled on the waves’ peaks. Translating the seismogram in the organ score, the larger the amplitude of recorded waves, the more the seismogram covers the full tonal scale played by the barrel organ.
“Seismic Symphonies is also a symbolic inversion: the instrument of the organ is most commonly used in churches, and its sounds are derived from the heavens and symbolize cosmic harmony. But here it is the earth, “nature”, the ground beneath our feet that is moving. It speaks to us not of harmony, but of our fragility, undermining our fantasy of mastery.” Taipei Biennial 2012
With the collaboration of Christian Casse, Organ Maker, Francois Casse, electric engineer, Graziano Ferrari, head of the Sismos Center (INGV);
Seismic Symphonies, sound installation 2009-2015; Organ; wood, iron, plastic and electric materials 220 cm x 65 cm x 75 cm (2008/2009); Symphonies, printed paper, variable lenght (2009-2015);
Seismic Symphonies Studio for music translation, Lorca and L'Aquila Earthquakes of 2011, 45 x 25 cm, cotton paper and ink, 2013;
photo: And Yet it Moves, curated by Inti Guerriero, Julia Klaring, Pieternel Vermootel, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy,
Slovenian symphony -Earthquakes in Pivka, Kobarid and Friuli (2015);
Spanish symphony – Earthquakes in Murcia and Lorca (2013);
Taiwanese symphony –Earthquake 921 (2012);
Italian symphonies – Earthquakes between 1908 to 2012 (2009);