36 Hours of dark sky-music-photo-participatory mapping between Milan, Brescia and the Metalliferous Hills (May 15-16, 2019)

Between May 15 and 16 the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band collective (in Italian: Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere) took the shape of a power trio, embedding Federico Giussani, a nightscape photographer from Southern Tuscany, with Dario and Jack.

Our goal for these two days was to give two presentations. One in Milan, in one of the evenings with Off Topic in the Isola neighbourhood, and one in Brescia, with a national conference on interdisciplinary protection and promotion of the night sky

Below you will find a photo report based on Federico’s shots.
As our next meetup, save the date for Thursday, May 30, at Politecnico di Milano from 4 to 7PM for a lecture called “From Sound Engineering to Engineering with Sound“. This event is also part of the program of a national festival on sustainability. After this, the collective will head for Germany ( info@pibinko.org or +393317539228).

So, here goes:

A quick survey at Politecnico di Milano, in preparation for our May 30 lecture “From Sound Engineering to Engineering with Sound” (May 30, 4-7PM).

After an excellent pistachio ice cream, here we are in the Isola area, just by the Vertical Forest, where you can pick diagonal mushrooms after the rainy period.
This was part of the exhibition by Federico at Piano Terra. We gave special care to the flyer preparation. It actually looks like any piece of scrap paper, hand written with a blue pencil.
We made an effort to explain where we come from, and what we did on May 11 in Torniella (Southern Tuscany, where many of our projects originated), with a delegation from Politecnico di Milano.
After an “aperitivo” with typical products from Southern Tuscany, a brief introduction by Jack o’Malley…
…complemented by some press clippings and articles (see the full items online Tirreno 1, Tirreno 2, Langscape)
This is a POV of the drummer, including a shaker and two palla a 21 balls, waiting to the house to start rocking.
Diego Armando protects the quality of our night skies.
Dario starts his “talk” (should we say “sing”?), with Federico’s images rolling in the background. On the set, maps of various sorts (including the Farma Valley community map, posted on the table). The cake hand baked (with hand-made jam by hand-picked fruit) by Aunt Anna from Tuscany for our departure, helped to bind the audience.
The St. Galgano Abbey, in Southern Tuscany, exposing an interesting case of “needs improvement” lighting (in other parts of our events we explain how this can be accomplished without jeopardizing the tourism potential of such sites).
Things eventually start getting groovy (check out videos for Nella Vena di Vino, or Abramo e Mezzogiorno di grano, )
A break for Dario on vocals, with the Livin’ Milano blues on air quality (see the video)
At some point Manuel Schianchi, a milanese beatboxer on the loose, enters the scene (see Three Little Birds and Supermarket)
In the JBCM various items have multiple functions. A plastic tank is also used as a bass drum.
The event in Milano was wrapped up at 2.30AM. At 9.50AM of the same day (May 16= we were in Council Hall at the University of Brescia, were we were to propose our “Interdisciplinary Promotion and Protection of the Night Sky” conference. Professor Ranzi enters the hall to open the event…
…precedede by a May 15 article on Corriere della Sera (Brescia edition)
The conference on night skies starts with a title track about the sky (and various phones start shooting videos of such an unusual opening)
After the presentation by pibinko, Maria d’Amore from the Regione Emilia-Romagna administration tells us all the story concerning light pollution laws and guidelines in Italy.
After the lunch break, Federico gives an overview of Southern Tuscany by night, using the images which the evening before were the core of his exhibition. Pibinko occasionally provides his addendum, mentioning bike tourism itineraries connecting the sites presented at night, or ma-and-pa cafes where you can taste yummy stuff, in between a Millky Way shot and a light pollution case.

At 4.30PM the conference is over. The attendance certificates are signed. We are ready to close shop, but somebody from the audience asks: “...what about the closing track?

So the closing track was done. It turned out that one of the participants is a drummer. He asked for drum sticks, but they were in the car in the underground parking…too far to seize the moment…so he joined the rhythm sections by playing the table.

The most surprising comment which we recorded at the end by one of the participants was that “…The conference was really entertaining“.

What can we say…if you want more write to jugbandcm@pibinko.org

Also, please save the date for Thursday, May 30, at Politecnico di Milano from 4 to 7PM for a lecture by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere with its full formation, called “From Sound Engineering to Engineering with Sound“,. After this, the collective will head for Germany ( info@pibinko.org or +393317539228).

Looking forward to see you!

Livin’ Milano, “Pennsylvania Drums” edit

[NOTE: this video has Italian subtitles. To turn them on, click on the “CC” icon you will see when you move the mouse over the video once it is playing]

During our Easter rehearsals, while SImone and his slide guitar were tossing and turning over a huge family lunch in Montecastelli Pisano, we had the visit of a delegation from Maryland and Pennsylvania (“friends of a friend” from Torniella), in addition to some your folks from Tatti.

In the American team, it turned out that Blaise is an ex drummer (now into congas). Replacing the drum brushes with two actual painting brushes from Wolfgang’s toolkit as drum sticks, we had the first video version of Livin’ Milano. This requires some adjustments, but is good enough for a casual Easter afternoon at home, and is cool for the audience feedback, 41 days from the departure for the Politecnico di Milano + Germania mission.

The song was written by Jack O’Malley around 1991. At the time he was studying air pollution monitoring in Politecnico, and one of the considerations he heard was that, by using the then new car retrofit technologies there was the possibility of having the same level of air pollution with a larger number of cars circulating. Interestingly, you can still hear similar logic presented today in some events on sustainability. The lyrics were recently edited to reflect new things happening.

JBCM Duo (Dario & Jack), Massa Marittima, Tuscany, Apr. 6, 2019

On Apr. 6, 2019, Jack was invited to give a talk on buiometria partecipativa (participatory night sky quality modelling) for a group of high school students.

We decided to set up some sort of duo-operation, for a geomusical performance, combining Jack’s talk with a couple of songs, related to the topics of the talk, performed by Dario.

Here is the opening of the evening with “Il cielo è di tutti”. This is a poem by Gianni Rodari, from which Bobo Rondelli created a song some years back. The song is one of the candidate to be the main track for the BuioMetria Partecipativa project:

Jack O’Malley explains how crowfunding might work for a JBCM buiomusical tour (Madrid, 1-12-18)

This video was shot by the Stars4all European project team during a crowdfunding workshop which they held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2018, at the Madrid, Spain,European Business School (ESCP).

After an introductory day, each participant was asked to present a crowdfunding project dealing with awareness raising and promotion of night skies.

Andrea Giacomelli, in his role as Jack O’Malley, presentede the case of a buiomusical (musica + buiometria partecipativa) tour by the Jug Band Colline Metallifere in Milano, Italy, which may be easily adapted to other destinations.

At the time we did not yet know about the tour to Germany. At this point, the video is really handy to explain you may support our end-of-May mission.

We thank the Stars4all project for providing travel support for the participation to the Madrid workshop.

JugBandCM promo in Köln, Germany. Apr 5, 2019, 8.30 AM (take one)

Having learned about the impossibility of meeting Klaus (der Geiger), to leave him a copy of the official flyer, Jack tried to leave evidence of his transit in Köln, and to promote the Jug Band Colline Metallifere mission in Germany.

There is also a second take of this, with a little more preparation.

On the first take, we can have Love in Vain as a theme.

For more information: jugbandcm@pibinko.org