90dB Festival – Winter Edition – Ex-Cartiera Latina

After the great success obtained last September with 90dB – Festival Internazionale delle Arti Sonore, cultural association moorroom, under the artistic direction of Massimiliano Busti, Rosanna Palermo and Stefano Tedesco, presents 90db Festival – Winter Edition in the spaces of the Ex-Cartiera Latina, with a sound art / media art exhibition and seven concerts.

Within the process started in the previous editions, the aim of 90dB Festival – Winter Edition is to propose in Rome – always appealing to a wider audience – the excellence of contemporary artistic research, with a special view on sound art and media art as instruments of territorial, urban and architectural survey, closely related to the use of new technologies.

90dB Festival – Winter Edition is supported by Assessorato alla Cultura e Turismo, Dipartimento Cultura di Roma Capitale.


> Opening: AlbumArte Project Space

90dB Festival – Winter Edition opens Saturday 14 February, 2015, at 7pm, at AlbumArte Project Space.

Florian Tuercke (1977, Germany) presents The Structural Sound Project Rome – Part 1, a project created especially for the Festival: a participatory artwork which explores the city sounds to create an interactive sound map. The artist describes the recording methods, distributing the kits to the participants in order to place some microphones, capable of recording the sound waves flowing inside different urban structures and materials, on various locations in the city such as Ostiense and Appia Antica. Then the microphones will be mapped on an online map, accessible on the Festival website and by an interactive station set up in the spaces of the Ex-Cartiera Latina.

This presentation will be followed by Fabio Perletta (1984, Italy) music performance, whose artistic research investigates the perceptual relationships between space and sound waves. Fabio Perletta will present the performance Interstitial Spaces.

> Exhibition: Ex-Cartiera Latina

The Festival continues on Saturday 21 February and Sunday 22 February, 2015, involving the spaces of the Ex-Cartiera Latina in Appia Antica Regional Park.

Saturday 21 February at 6pm: opening of sound art and media art exhibition, with Nonotak (a duo formed by French illustrator Noemi Schipfer and Japanese architect/musician Takami Nakamoto), Florian Tuerke (1977, Germany) and Francesco Giannico (1979, Italy). The artists will respectively present: Day Dream, an audiovisual installation able to immerse the viewer in an environment of sounds and bright geometries; The Rome Structural Sound Project, sound art piece created with the public’s help; Metrophony, an electronically reworked hearing witness of a trip along the entire route of Rome’s metro Linea B.

> Concerts: Ex-Cartiera Latina

Saturday 21 February and Sunday 22 February, six concerts will offer an overview on the contemporary sound experimentation scene, from improvisation to electroacoustic, from electronics to audio-visual performance.

Saturday 21 February from 8:30pm: Francesco Giannico, whose research is related to soundscape, XX+XY visuals and sound art project, a duo formed by Sladzana Bogeska (1978, Italy) and Giuseppe Pradella (1976, Italy) which combines the studies on three-dimensional graphics to sound through innovative digital media and, for the first time in Italy, Nonotak performing Late Speculation, a forty minute live set in which the artists play with visual perception, sound and space, through a constant rebound between light and sound that gives rise to intangible architectures.

Sunday 22 February from 8:30pm: Pierre Bastien (1953, France) who performs accompanied by an orchestra of sound devices assembled with Meccano parts; John Chantler (1974, Australia), for the first time in Italy, whose electronic music is produced through its modular synth and Giuseppe Ielasi (1974, Italy), creating electroacoustic music with guitar and electronics.

> The location

Headquarters of 90dB Festival – Winter Edition is once again the complex of the former paper mill Ex-Cartiera Latina in the Appia Antica Park, a site of industrial architecture unique for his architectural and naturalistic value. On this occasion, the festival will also open to other places in the city, involving other spaces related to artistic experimentation as AlbumArte Project Space, as well as the public spaces of neighborhoods such as Ostiense, whose industrial vocation manages to establish a dialogue, mediated by the artworks, with the architecture of the Ex-Cartiera Latina.


AlbumArte Project Space
Saturday 14 February, 2015

7pm | presentation of The Structural Sound Project Rome – Part 1 by Florian Tuercke: the artist will explain how to take part in the project, delivering operational kits and inviting the public to participate
8pm | concert: Fabio Perletta

Ex-Cartiera Latina, Sala Appia
Saturday 21 February, 2015

6pm | exhibition opening

8:30pm | Metrophony: presentation and performance by Francesco Giannico
9:30pm | concert: XX+XY visuals and sound art project
10:30pm | concert: Nonotak (national premiere)

Closing time: Midnight

Sunday, February 22, 2015

6pm | exhibition opening
8:30pm | concert: Giuseppe Ielasi
9:30pm | concert: John Chantler (national premiere)
10:30pm | concert: Pierre Bastien
Closing time: Midnight


Artist Biographies

Pierre Bastien

Historical figure in the field of sound experimentation, Pierre Bastien was inspired in his research by the French tradition of the 18th Century, when they began to build automatons that could play short melodies or imitate the instrument sounds. His long career dates back to the late Seventies, first working with various dance companies and later with the musician Pascal Comelade. Since 1987 he began to focus on solo performances, creating a sort of dada orchestra whose musicians are mechanical devices made by pieces of Meccano and engines turntable, able to reproduce the sound of traditional instruments such as the Chinese lute, the Moroccan bendir, the Javanese saron, the koto and the sansa. Similar to an ensemble of sound sculptures in motion, in the Nineties this mechanical orchestra has expanded to eighty elements, participating in music festivals and art exhibitions in Norway (World Music Days, 1990), Australia (Tisea, 1992), Japan (Artec, 1995), Canada (Fimav, 1995) and the US (Flea Festival, 1996). In recent years, Pierre Bastien has collaborated with video artist Pierrick Sorin, fashion designer Issey Miyake and British composer Robert Wyatt, releasing records on labels such as Western Vinyl and Rephlex.

John Chantler

Born in Brisbane (Australia), John Chantler first moved to Japan, then to London (where he became one of the predominantly figures in the evenings of Cafe Oto) and finally in Sweden, working in Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion to deepen his research on the giant Serge Modular and Buchla 200 synthesizers. After recording his first album Monoke totally immersed in the quiet Japanese landscape, in 2008 he was part of a trio along with Lawrence English and Tujiko Noriko releasing the album U on Room 40 label. In his later works Chantler has developed a very personal approach to electroacoustic music, using self-built modular synths and software which can transform the sound of traditional instruments such as the guitar or organ. This unique aesthetic, which partly recalls the charming pioneers of electronic music in the Sixties and partly aims to a deep reflection on the newest techniques of sound processing, has attracted the attention of major media (his album of 2011 The Luminous Ground was included in the annual playlist of the authoritative British magazine the Wire), inserting his name among the most interesting sound researchers of the last decade.

Francesco Giannico

Graduated in musicology with a thesis on film music history, Francesco Giannico is an electroacoustic musician and a video artist who has focused his attention on soundscape, creating in 2008 the Laboratory of Ecology of Sound in the city of Taranto. In 2010 he founded AIPS (Archivio Italiano Paesaggi Sonori / Archive Italian Soundscapes) together with Alessio Ballerini, with whom he also manages the label Oak Editions. After some work released under the pseudonym Mark Hamn, in 2009 he published Folkanization in which he experiences a fusion of folk and electronica, later collaborating with Matteo Uggeri e Luca Mauri in the making of the album Pagetos (2012). Recently, with Luminance (2013) and Litany (2014) he has further developed the personal mix of piano melodies and textural drones that characterizes his music. In parallel to his solo performances, he has often collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Amy Denio, Kim Cascone, Thollem McDonas, Zac Nelson, Stefan Bonitatibus and Ben Chatwin.

Giuseppe Ielasi 

Born in 1974, Giuseppe Ielasi is one of the most significant figures in the new generation of Italian musicians. He explores electroacoustic sound in a variety of configurations, moving freely between improvisation and composition, between harmonic forms and noise. Since 1998 he manages Fringes label, working with Renato Rinaldi, Alessandro Bosetti, Michel Doneda, Ingar Zach, Dean Roberts, Taku Sugimoto, Jerome Noetinger, Mark Wastell, Martin Siewert, Nmperign, Brandon Labelle and Oren Ambarchi. In his compositions he makes extensive use of effects, constantly looking for a balance between abstract/experimental tones and melodic structures. Lately his attention was focused on the relationship between sound and space, in site-specific projects and performances characterized by using the guitar as a sound source, integrating it with microphones and multi-channel speaker systems.


The collaboration between illustrator Noemi Schipfer and architect Takami Nakamoto started in late 2011, to create a mural in a Paris building’s lobby. In early 2013 Nonotak duo started experimenting with light and sound, presenting their first audiovisual installation in May 2013 at Mapping Festival in Geneva. In the summer of that year, they gave birth to Late Speculation, a live performance of electronic music within futuristic geometric volumes circumscribed by lights. Over the past two years, their work has been hosted both in international festivals such as Elektra EM15 / Mutek (Montréal), La Nuit Blanche (Paris), Roppongi Art Night (Tokyo), Axcess Art Gallery (New York), Stereolux (Nantes) , Mirage Festival (Lyon), Vision’R Insanitus Festival (Lithuania), Lunchmeat Festival (Prague), KiKK Festival (Belgium), and in private spaces and galleries including Grant Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, Opéra de Lyon and Batiment d’Art Contemporain in Geneva.

Fabio Perletta

Fabio Perletta is an Italian sound artist and graphic designer, whose music focuses on the representation of the invisible, inspired by molecular structures, quantum physics and the concept of emptiness. Its characteristic aesthetic choice, developed by using special sound generators and customized software, includes both electronic composition and site-specific installations, which often explore the perceptual relationship between space and sound waves. Curator of Farmacia901 label, over the years he has worked with the network AIPS (Archivio Italiano dei Paesaggi Sonori / Archive of Italian Soundscapes), Vladislav Delay, Mark Fell, Richard Chartier, AGF, France Jobin, William Basinski, Giuserppe Ielasi and Lawrence English. In parallel to its activities in the field of sound experimentation, in 2014 he co-founded Mote, a study based in Berlin that uses visuals, sound, photography and video to develop innovative research in graphic design.

Florian Tuercke

Florian Tuercke artworks are interdisciplinary and mostly based on specific concepts, which the author develops using interactive systems and innovative technologies. A focal point of his work is the public space, analyzed through a combination of audio and video elements, performances, installations and web-art. Tuercke graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and is co-founder of the Urban Research Institute. Since 2005 his project Urban Audio examines public space in terms of musical composition, creating special tools to transform in musical melodies sounds recorded in the environment. Over the past few years, his work documented the soundscapes mutations in Zurich, Budapest, Tallinn, Turku, Gdansk and various German and US cities.

XX+XY visuals and sound art project

The duo formed by Sladzana Bogeska and Giuseppe Pradella combines studies in 3D graphics to sound: an art project that regenerates continuous reversible processes through synesthetic experiences and innovative digital media. In 2008, they collaborated with Murcof in developing visuals for the album Cosmos, later presenting their work at festivals like Mutek (Montreal), Dissonanze (Rome), Second Nature (Avignon), Play Festival (Madrid) Maiusc (Basel), Catodica (Trieste), Evolution (Leeds), Störung (Barcelona) and Territorios (Seville). In 2014, together with the Canadian musician France Jobin, they have initiated the project Mirror Neurons, creating a multi-dimensional visualization through subtle textures and imperceptible movements that emphasize the slowed sense of time. Designed to be screened live in a large space, the video works on the emotional sphere of the viewer, inviting him to become part of the performance.


AlbumArte Project Space – Via Flaminia 122, Rome
14 February 2015 at 7:00 – 10:00pm

Ex-Cartiera Latina: Parco Appia Antica –Via Appia Antica 42, Rome
21 & 22 February 2015 at 6:00pm – 12:00am