Tag Archives: The Metalliferous Hills Jug Band

“Buiometria” is Helping to Build Dark Sky Parks

As a preview on the conference on “Interdisciplinary Protection and Promotion of the Night Sky: state of the art, action items, and visions” at the University of Brescia, we had an article on the Brescia edition of Corriere della Sera (one of the two main newspapers in Italy), including part of an interview to Andrea Giacomelli.

For more hints on the Milano-Brescia mission with Federico Giussani and Dario Canal on may 15/16 2019, please check out the “News” section on pibinko.org for blog posts around mid-May.

pibinko will be at Meet Music 2019 (June 25)

Meet Music is the first Italian meeting conceived for music professionals, or young folks interested in working in the field, focused on deejaying and record production. The event, now in its third edition, is always held in Follonica, along the Southern Tuscan coast, in the stunning venue of the Fonderia Leopolda Theatre.

The meeting will take place from June 25 to June 27. In the morning of Tuesday 25, you will also hear a talk from your friend pibinko, who, together with other professionals will make an analysis of the current situation of Italian night life.

For all details on the event schedule, registration, and other information, you may visit the site https://www.meetmusic.it/ (in Italian), or write to info@pibinko.org

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. The lyrics were recently edited to reflect new thigs happening.

Politecnico di Milano, May 30, 2019: From Sound Engineering to Engineering with Sound + DICA goes to Maremma

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Aula Citrini, 4PM-7PM (the actual time within this range will be confirmed ASAP).

Thursday, May 30, Politecnico di Milano will host a very peculiar event. This will be a lecture where a talk about sustainability on inner rural areas of Southern Tuscany will be mixed with live music performed by a rock-blues band based in the same region, and with the authors of the studies playing with the band.

The event has also been inserted in the official program of the third edition of the Sustainability Festival (running at the national level with numerous events from May 21 to June 6, 2019).

Confirmation of participation should be sent to info@pibinko.org or +39 3317539228 by May 29, 2019.

From Sound Engineering to Engineering with Sound + DICA goes to Maremma

Andrea Giacomelli, Dario Canal, Wolfgang Scheibe, Simone Sandrucci, Alessandro Ceppi, Giuseppe Milleo

When we speak of sound and engineering we tend to think about audio experts, mixers, decibel, wattage etc. In this lecture we would like to speak about engineering made together with sound, and namely with music…how can music be, in addition to a cool background, an element integrated with the life cycle of projects and studies in the fields of land protection, promotion, and environmental sustainability.

1-11-18, the JBCM in Sassofortino, Southern Tuscany

Namely, we will be presenting the case of the Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere (JBCM, i.e. Metalliferous HIlls Jug Band). This is an inter-generational and international musical collective based in Southern Tuscany, founded in March 20017. The JBCM is active in the production of events where live music, monitoring, and outreach on environment and territory are intertwined so as to create a (typically acoustic) pleasing, entertaining, and instructive experience, which the group called “geomusic“.

The collective was given this name in September 2018, after about a year of experiments involving two young professional rockers (with three albums and hundreds of live concerts in their roster), and two professionals with a different core expertise (but a musical track record adequate to make them not feel shy on stage). One of the senior professionals is actually an environmental engineer and a PhD with 25 years of experience on geographic information systems applied to multiple international projects; the other professional has almost fifty years of experience in biodynamic agriculture, working as a consultant in Germany, Italy, and Maghreb.

The combination of music and technical expertise, especially on environment and agriculture, is the peculiarity of the JBCM project, combining melody, rhythm, cultural and environmental outreach in one situation (which can be related to Sustainable Development Goals 4, 11, and 12, for those of you into this topic).

In the same performance you can dance with a rock ‘n’ roll song, make light pollution measurements within international citizen science projects, join the chorus yelling “ahi ahi ahi….il vino neerooooo” , and eventually learning that half of the songs to which your were shaking your feet were, in fact, speaking of issues of your grandfathers in their rural settings, or of your friend who recently graduated, and had to leave his country to find a job.

A portion of the Farma Valley, half way between Siena and Grosseto, in Southern Tuscany

The lecture will also be the opportunity to present a summary of a mission that a team from DICA (the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano) will be having on May 10-11-12 in Southern Tuscany. They will be installing a weather station in the Farma Valley, as the consolidation of a set of mapping and monitoring activities undertaken by valley residents and visitors since 2007. Such activities have been developing in the years, through a combination of research, citizen science and territorial marketing projects (which have been presented at various stages in Politecnico di Milano in 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2018). Interestingly, the Jug Band Colline Metallifere represents one of the communication avenues for these projects, and these initiatives share some of the people creating and managing these activities (and the same people will be giving the lecture).

Last but not least, this will be yet another opportunity to learn about the PORGEP2019 program, and how you may collaborate with projects which will be showcased.

The poster for the JBCM geomusical tour in Germany, via Politecnico.

On this occasion we will have the full Jug Band Colline Metallifere, since they will be in transit by Milano for a tour in Germany, with four gigs in the Stuttgart area. The lecture will thus be an opportunity to learn about a diverse range of activities, and to attend a very, very peculiar event.

For more information: info@pibinko.org

May 4, 2019: the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band live @ Caffe’ Ricasoli, Grosseto, Tuscany

Between 7PM and 10PM at Caffè Ricasoli, in Grosseto, Southern Tuscany. Featuring Peter Crivelli, an extraordinary character with an extraordinary story (and a very good country blues, and ballads repertoire).

See also http://jugbandcm.it for more details on the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band and their upcoming mission to Germany, via Politecnico di Milano.

The layout of the pibinko.org stand at the DITOs final event (Brussels, Apr. 3, 2019)

The pibinko.org network had an interesting appearance in the final day of the European project “Do-it-together Science”. Below you see the stand (or the travelling micro-museum) before the start of the “marketplace” session. In this there were about fifteen companies from all over Europe, including other Italians, but with the pibinko.org network as the only subject with a project from Italy. We don’t have a photo of the stand at the end of the session (since the layout changed gradually, as people were stopping by and interacting with the different features), but we will do our best to cover this aspect with our report on the overall trip.

The flagship initiative for pibinko.org during this day was the announcement of the upcoming geomusical mission of the Jug Band from the Metalliferous Hills to Germany, with a stop a Politecnico di Milano, from May 30 to June 3.

For those of you in Milano, please note the meetup on Friday, April 5, @ Soul Food, via Gola 3, from 6.30PM to around 8PM. Here you can get a live summary of the Brussels experience, and more hints on the pibinko.org Summer campaign. For more information: info@pibinko.org

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