“That was when the trap was sprung: beyond the mouth of the crater the air vibrated in a continuous manner, or rather in a continuous manner that contained several discontinuous ways of vibrating. It was a sound that filled out, then faded, then increased in volume again, and in these modulations it followed an invisible pattern that stretched out in time like a succession of full and empty intervals. Other vibrations were superimposed on these, which were sharp and well separated from one another, but they blended into a drone that sounded now sweet, now bitter. As they countered or accompanied the course of the deeper sound, they created a kind of sonorous circle or field or domain."
Il Cielo di Pietra, Italo Calvino (The Complete Cosmicomics)
Inspired by Orfeo myth upended by Calvino, “Il Cielo di Pietra” is an audiovisual show created with archival footage from the first cinematographic experimentations of the last century. The videos projected, all coming from the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam, have been selected among the works of directors Segundo de Chomon, Georges Méliès, JC Mol, who experimented with colors, special effects and investigation of the details.
Afterward, the three artists composed the music enhancing the visionary approach of the directors of those movies. They process the films live, using modern digital techniques and animations, interacting live with the projection and playing with the degradation that time operated over the film material.
Duo Bottasso works mainly in the field of world music. The duo is always looking for a meeting point between their roots as folk musicians and their interest in contemporary and improvised music. All these combined with the collaboration of two brothers with the desire to continue to evolve the traditions of their native land.
Simone Sims Longo is a composer and performer of electronic music. He is interested in creating and processing sound in the digital domain, focused on timbre exploration with different techniques: physical modeling synthesis, sound granulation, FM synthesis and digital sound deconstruction. In his works he often uses a multi-level iteration of sound samples, investigating on asynchronous polyrhythmic texture changes. www.simonesimslongo.com
Duo Bottasso & Simone Sims Longo performed in MACRO – Museo Arte Contemporanea (Roma), Torino Fringe Festival, Festival Ethnos (Naples), Kalternpop (Bolzano), Alpentoene (CH). In 2019 they won the “Premio Loano per la musica tradizionale italiana”: <<everything has begun from a button accordion and a violin, with the dancing traditional music of the Occitan valleys of Italy. The Duo Bottasso has grown up, studied and performed with musicians from all over the world and extended the sound of their instruments with electronics, until they met the sound designer Simone Sims Longo. If this is the folk music of the future, we’re looking forward to it. >>.
Nicolo’ Bottasso | violin, trumpet, live electronics
Simone Bottasso | diatonic accordion, flute, live electronics
Simone Sims Longo | live electronics, visuals
EYE FILMmuseum | footage visuals
COSENUDE MEDIA PROJECTS | storyline
ALICE GALLOUIN | video animation