The conce[r|p]t in the “MeloSgrano” space at Lago dell’Accesa, by Massa Marittima on Aug. 7, 2020 (see here the presentation of the event, with the full calendar of initiatives through September) turned out to be a great success.
We created a set based on documents and findings held in our “stuff-o-theque“, and we gave a performance were stories on the Southern Tuscan territory and some of the characters we met there over the years are intertwined with reports of community engagement and research activities, and -of course- songs dealing with the same topics.
The Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere (JBCM) is an inter-generational and international musical collective based in Southern Tuscany, at the borders between the provinces of Grosseto, Pisa, and Livorno. The JBCM was born in 2018 to propose geomusic, and perform in conce[r|p]ts, i.e. to propose in the same space concerts and concepts, namely in the field of environment, and territorial or rural issues. Such activity represents one of the developments of a thread of initiatives for the protection and promotion of lesser-known assets in the fields of environment, culture, and open innovation, started in 2007 by the pibinko.org network.
During the lockdown, we were invited to prepare a song in a videoconference for the May First celebrations, organized by the association Rocca Norsina AD 952 from Roccatederighi (Southern Tuscany, very close to where two of our members are based). We responded to this invitation with “Rock in Milano, Blues at la Rocca”. This is a blues debate between a resident in a rural area versus a city dweller:
During the month of August we are planning to create a new version of the video, in which we may finally have the band together and interact with some characters in the village..
Considering that the lyrics propose a comparison of the situation in Roccatederighi, representing a lesser rural site, with Milano as the symbol of a big city, we would like to try an improvement to our previous version of the song: we would like to have the part where the milanese sing about Roccatederighi inhabitants to be sung by actual milanese musicians.
For this reason we are looking for pre-existing formations, or joint ventures which could actually materialize in response to our call. As a minimum if would make sense to have a duo (a singer and an accompanying player). In any case, we are open to options.
The shooting of the milanese part is planned for the second half of August, and the publication of the video is currently scheduled for September (with most of the video being shot in the first week of August for the Tuscan part).
The milanese musicians who will be selected to collaborate will receive a selection of typical products from the band’s area of origin. The actual entity of the selection is to be confirmed, while we wait for feedback by sponsors who will support the project.
The video will be promoted within the pibinko.org, network, thus insuring non-local visibility to all participants.
To have a better view of the context in which the video is being produced, please take five minute to browse the pibinko.org and jugbandcm.it web sites.
If you are interested, please write by August 10, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org, proposing your musical resume and a brief motivation text to explain why you would like to collaborate.
Sponsors interested in contributing to the production of the vide may write to the same email address.
…or was it @ Palazzi Rossi in Follonica (Tuscany)? I always get it wrong. In pratice, in the context of a logistic situation which some may define “à la pibinko”, and some others “completely random”, at least for the month of July the JBCM identified Follonica, in Southern Tuscany, at the centre of the “Sun Gulf”, as its location for rehearsals for their new show. This is in preparation for the next Autumn.
Should you be interested to interact about geomusic, conce[r|p]tst, micro-tonal music, differences between a “bagno” (a swim) and a “bagnaccio” (a hell of a swim, according to Simone), teaching methods for kids, or hand-made prints, please write to email@example.com (this is read by all the band) or whatsapp +393317539228 (read by Jack O’Malley), and we will let you know the date and time of our next meetup.
Già da qualche settimana avevamo annunciato la partecipazione di pibinko, in collaborazione con il DICATAM dell’Università di Brescia, all’edizione 2020 del Festival dell’Architettura di Londra, con un intervento in cui si proporrà una mappatura partecipativa di alcune situazioni legate a scenari di riqualificazione di basi NATO dismesse nel Nord Italia (qui l’articolo di presentazione). Il LFA è il più importante festival di architettura al mondo, ed è interessante per la rete pibinko.org poter portare un contributo in questo spazio:
Avevamo anche scritto in giro che stavamo cercando una sede da cui fare questa trasmissione, nell’ambito della stagione conce[r|t]tistica 2020 della Jug Band Colline Metallifere, perché siamo da sempre abituati a portare attività tecnico-scientifiche in spazi “aperti” e a portare cose “aperte” in spazi tecnico-scientifici.
Fatte varie verifiche con bar e punti di ristoro con cui collaboriamo di solito, abbiamo deciso di proporre uno spazio che non è nuovo alle cose di pibinko.org, ma non avevamo inizialmente considerato: il salotto di nonna Andreina a Scansano. Abbiamo uno spazio di circa 30 mq dove possiamo accogliere in sedie distanziate 4 -5 persone. L’appuntamento è tra le 17 e le 20 di oggi pomeriggio, venerdì 26 giugno, su prenotazione.
Ci sono già un paio di posti riservati “non-autorità”, ma 2-3 posti sono al momento disponibili.
Chi fosse a Scansano nel pomeriggio e volesse partecipare, può scrivere a firstname.lastname@example.org o mandare un messaggio whatsapp al 3317539228, specificando nome, cognome, motivazione per assistere a questo evento “in diretta” . La selezione all’ingresso sarà fatta da Mauro Tirannosauro. Nella foto di testa lo vediamo intento a studiare i passanti che vanno al mercato.
I nominativi dei partecipanti saranno registrati (facciamo come se si fosse in un locale pubblico).
Domenica 21.6.2020. Photo opportunity per Mauro Tirannosauro, oggi con Fabio Massellucci, mastro birraio, giocatore di palla a 21 e costruttore di palline per lo stesso gioco.
Qui ci troviamo all’ingresso del birrificio 36 nero di Scalvaia, luogo misterioso dove si elaborano pozioni a base di erbe della Val di Farma che pare abbiano l’effetto di far aumentare il numero di barzellette che si possono raccontare nei giorni di pioggia (cfr. video di repertorio).
Invece il birrificio di Fabio è il 26 nero…nato appunto a Scalvaia nel 2011, e oggi sito a Poggibonsi (http://www.pibinko.org/birrificio-26-nero/), dove oltre a bere le birre di Fabio potete mangiare e soddisfare altre necessità in funzione della vostra posizione nella piramide di Maslow. Slow…
Scegliete la risposta secondo voi e scrivete a email@example.com. Le risposte saranno conteggiate fino alle ore 15 del 25 giugno 2020. Il gruppo di votanti che avrà indovinato riceverà un cadeau virtuale da parte della Jug Band Colline Metallifere.
Mauro Tirannosauro has been working since the Cretaceous on the issues of light (as in lightness) pollution and artificial light (as in lightness) at night issues.
With such a background, it was inevitable that after he joined the Participatory Lithology team in March, and found out that the same guys had been working on similar topics since 2008 with the twice-award-winning BuioMetria Partecipativa (participatory night sky quality monitoring) project, he would be sharing his insight and expertise on this matter.
Yesterday Mauro managed to kick Andrea Giacomelli out of his seat attending the online edition of the 2020 Artificial Light at Night conference (see for example our report on the 2016 edition), one of the two reference international gatherings related to light (as in photons) pollution, the other being the LPTTM conference.
Following an interesting presentation by John Barentine on the possibility of applying to night skies the “Rights of Nature” paradigm, Mauro contributed to the proceedings suggesting that he, as the king of all dinosaurs, is “by nature” a representative of Nature, and will be glad to provide his services as a liaison between Nature, the Dark Sky community, light (as in lightness) designers, utility companies, electricity suppliers, etc.
Such statements do not come out of the blue [light]. In this respect, since the begging of the year Mauro T is also at work with a team of experts in order to draft a position paper for the Jurassic Commission, concerning the urge for a Directive on Light (as in lightness) pollution. Mauro will be glad to share this with anybody interested to contribute in the context of an inclusive and managed process (see also two of his beer-reviewed articles related to this activity: one and two).
Eventually Mauro T. also joined a couple of the breakout rooms. While Jack O’Malley presented Mauro’s activities since March (see partial photo blog in English and a more extensive version in Italian), Mauro went on the rampage, bringing a comet to the audience (as seen in the header image…photo credits Luciano Massetti), and singing along one of his favourite songs
Breakout Room Blues
Keep your eyes to the ground, and your hands up to the sky Keep your eyes to the ground, and your hands up to the sky
We’re going down to EALAN, we’re gonna have a real good time
In the back of EALAN they’ve got a breakout room In the back of EALAN they’ve got a breakout room
And that’s for the people who think that light is doom
What’s your role, baby role , What’s your role, baby role…what’s you’re rooooole… all [astronomical] night long.
You can find the outline of his events on the JBCM Calendar. Due to COVID-19 mobility restrictions, the core of the tour will actually take place in one of Italy’s fairly dark (a lot of 21 mag/arcsec2) areas. This is in Southern Tuscany, where the JBCM team is based. But…here is some good news: if you just learned about Mauro T and are enticed by his proposal, there are still some slots which are flexible, and Mauro is not shy of travelling (with the Sonics in his mind). If you think Mauro Tirannosauro, and his backing band, can contribute to your work, for more information and booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp +393317539228.