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.
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org or +393317539228).
So, here goes:
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“.
…with the intro to the “Skinny Farmer” song in the final part of the video. “The Sky is everybody’s” is a poem by Gianni Rodari, which became the lyrics for a song by Bobo Rondelli. It explaines quite well some aspects of BuioMetria Partecipativa
This video was shot on Apr. 28, during a geomusical performance hosted by Associazione Comunità di Punta Ala, which we thank.
[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.
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:
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.