Field Studies is a series of soundworks, workshops, live concerts and audio releases focused on field recording, electronic and electro-acoustic music, curated by Glauco Salvo.
The series explores different formats in both creative and sharing process: releases and public activities are studies on the possibilities offered by audio technologies, places and situations.
The emphasis on the word study highlights the intention of sharing the research process and the instability of the research itself.
Glauco Salvo is a musician and sound artist active in the independent and experimental scene in Italy. His research is focused on exploring new paths in folk, rock and experimental music, using string instruments, electronics and recording/playback devices.
The core of his research are the possibilities of perceptual alteration and of contamination of field recordings caused by artificial sounds, external agents turning the recordings r slightly unreal places, changing balance, color and tone.
He plays solo, in the alternative-folk band Comaneci, in duo with Giovanni Lami, and he curates music and sound design for contemporary dance. He worked with artists such as Marco Parente, Amycanbe, Setti, Enrico Malatesta, Alessandro Bosetti, Annamaria Ajmone, Cristina Kristal Rizzo.
Since 2016 he is part of MU with Enrico Malatesta and Giovanni Lami, association and collective promoting concerts, didactic activities and listening practices regarding non-conventional music, social, cultural and perceptual perspectives on sound.
Cais das Pombas
Cais Das Pombas is the first of a series of site, time and weather specific pieces. The piece was inspired by and composed to interact with the sound activity of the river Tejo and the architecture of a specific spot of Cais do Sodré (Lisboa), during the hours of high tide, and it presents itself as a kit containing 3 portable speakers and an instruction sheet with basic movement/posture/listening proposals; the piece can be listened individually or in small groups.
Workshops are organized as open activities, participants are invited to follow written instructions for simple listening exercises, focused on acoustic exploration of space, relationship between environmental sound and recorded sound, aural perception and imagination, listening and movement, listening through recording/playback technology. Workshops take place open air, using battery portable audio devices.
Live sets are multi-channel sound diffusions of field recordings and electronic sounds realized with digital hi-fi and lo-fi cassette dictaphone recordings, modular synthesis and electro-acoustic sounds, combined live via digital playback devices, portable cassette players and 4-track cassette tape recorder.
Sounds are played through conventional PA speakers in a non frontal arrangement and diy low fidelity portable devices are used to create a sound geography in the space, alternating immersive and localized listening, and generating temporary and slightly unreal places.
Glauco Salvo Field Studies Vol.5 (Cass, 2022)
Glauco Salvo Field Studies Vol.4 (Cass, 2022)
Comaneci Anguille (Lp/Cd, Santeria/Tannen, Wallace, 2022)
Glauco Salvo Field Studies Vol.3 (Cass, 2021)
Alessandro Bosetti Didone (Lp, Kohlhaas, 2021)
Glauco Salvo Field Studies Vol.2 (Cass, 2020)
Glauco Salvo Field Studies Vol.1 (Cass, 2020)
Giovanni Lami/Glauco Salvo Ife (Cass, Dinzu Artefacts, 2019)
Setti Arto (Cd/Lp, La Barberia, Vaccino Dischi, 2018)
Comaneci Rob a Bank (Lp/Cd, Tannen, 2018)
Glauco Salvo 5 Haiku (Lp, Kohlhaas, 2016)
Of Rivers And Trains Of Rivers And Trains (Cass, 2013)
Comaneci Uh! (Lp/Cd, Madcap Collective, Fooltribe, 2012)
Amycanbe Mountain Whales (Lp/Cd, Open Productions, 2011)
Comaneci You A Lie (Cd, Madcap Collective, Here I Stay, Fooltribe, 2009)
Giovanni Lami and Glauco Salvo started playing in duo in 2018, starting from the idea of merging their research on magnetic tape sound devices; cassette and reel to reel players, tape-loops and non conventional speaker systems are linked in a constant exchange, a circular stream where each musician can find a place for improvisation.
The process of migration of sounds between the dievices is transparent, resulting in an open machine, where minimal sound fragments move, overlap, transform, deteriorate and disappear in a constantly changing organic weave.
In 2019 they released Ife, for the Los Angeles tape label Dinzu Artefacts.
Collaboration between dancer and choreographer Annamaria Ajmone and musician and sound artist Glauco Salvo is focused on interaction between space, sound and movement, in an open format performance adaptable to theatre spaces and non-conventional places.
The characteristics of the space itself are the starting point for the performance, where dancer and musician use improvisation as the main tool to activate perception and imagination, and to turn the space into a temporary unreal place to inhabit with their practice.
The performance is realized with portable audio devices, it doesn't require electricity and can be adapted to any kind of space.