Heir of Luigi Russolo, father of « Noise music », the Polisonum collective uses sound as a method and a research device to explore the metamorphoses of places and, through this practice, their stories. His works are in total interaction with the audience of which the public is an integral part of the process. This direct investigation through listening and interpretation leads to the establishment of facilities that transmit sound tracks, the identity of space-time. Bringing together diverse disciplines (visual arts, sound and technologies), the collective puts at the center of its actions the positive or negative transformations of the chosen spaces.
Doppelkonzert is a seemingly silent sculpture as a totemic presence in homage to the material that is composed of 12 black iron tubes that are assembled on a square base to support their verticality. The sculpture is the result of solid research that explores the boundary between objects of industrial function and musical instruments. Doppelkonzert is a musical score that translates sounds never written in music. The air passes through the ducts and its vibration determines the resonance. A software is programmed to process and restore the sound composition that can be heard in the headphones for 2 people at a time.
The focus of the Polisonum trio is to reactivate listening, which is gradually lost, proposing to reconnect with the acoustic environments in which we are immersed every day. These are auscultatory ambulations of the acoustic landscape. Through various types of interventions in the public space, the Polisonum collective gives to see and listen to compositions with the elements that dirty the public space of the city as musical instruments. They invite the passer-by to listen in a new way to the acoustic potential of the environment. If it is not strictly speaking listening to the sound of the city, the works, however, carry the idea of ​​a collective sound composition that is developed day by day by ebb and flow, by the presence and displacement in the urban space.
This is the Oblique case that links the external environment to private spaces. An image is projected on a wall. It is a reconstruction of an urban building with the noise of steps on the sidewalks and around the windows. The street enters the apartments breaking all boundaries between public and private. The sounds make up the daily music of the inhabitants and allow them to become aware of their identity and, in some cases, their noise pollution.
The sound installations designed use not only the acoustics of the place, very diverse, to project the listener into new perceptive spaces. A sound composition based on sound capture in situ reactivates the mental representations of the listeners. Their installations explore and experiment with singular acoustic forms of a particular place, context and temporality. They record sounds that we reproduce by deviating them, deforming them and recomposing them to create new sound objects that reveal the richness, the complexity, the power of evocation and the interpretation of sound forms and textures.
The works of this group are sound performances. Sounds like the bell in his work Materia Lumina, are dialogues of « everyday musicians ». They make up a legacy of resonances. The noises of the city are the sounds of things. John Cage said « When a noise bothers you, listen to it. »