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Jug Band Colline Metallifere @ Live Motel, Dec. 17, 2021

After the audio streaming on Dec. 17, 2021, from today the full video version of the show is available. Thanks to Mauro Giachino and all of the Deejay Fox Radio staff in Cologno Monzese (Milan) for this opportunity. Wolfgang Scheibe was missing on this round (but he will be back). For more information and booking: click here.

For non-Italian-speaking folks: please we encourage you to follow the show via the “Rosetta-stone”-style transcript which we published last week, with the full translation into English of all the interview and the song lyrics: please see this link.

May 9, 2020 – Interview with Jack O’Malley @ Se Telefonando

Almost half an hour with an interview (in Italian) by Linda Linz from Radio Rogna to Jack O’Malley.

Jack O’Malley in una recente shot with Mauro Tirannosauro

From this you may discover almost all of the stream of activities which brought to the Jug Band Colline Metallifere, with roots in the mid-Nineties, up to the Participatory Lithology project, born during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Going through: Politecnico di Milano, Centro di Ricerca, Sviluppo e Studi Superiori in Sardegna (CRS4), CH2M HILL (now Jacobs), Caffè Ricasoli in Grosseto, Etruschi from Lakota, Farma Valley Winter Fest, conference in Genva, International Open Data Day, Circolo ARCI di Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, Community Maps, Ganesh Pomarance, Bar Moderno Roccastrada and various characters met along the way, with a highlight on Mauro Tirannosauro.

At the end of the interview, the second version of “Rock in Milano, Blues at la Rocca” (video to be issued on May 16).

This interview is the follow up to an initial interview in March 2019 where Jack briefly explained the concept of geomusic.

The network, buiometria, and participatory lithology @ Radio Popolare Milano (March 26, 2020)

This was a long talk with Disma Pestalozza and Alessandro Diegoli, providing breaking news on Participatory Lithology, but also going into various flashbacks related to the network. These included “The Revenge of the Killer Chihuahua and of the Zombies” (2006), the ancient game of palla 21, buiometria partecipativa (participatory night sky quality monitoring), Aunt Eda’s yummy recipees, insight on Tatti, Southern Tuscsany, and how the COVID-19 lockdown is lived in lesser-known rural areas..all these stories are documented on the sito You may consider using this page as an entry point.

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Mar. 24, 2020: Participatory Lithology Interview for Caterpillar (RAI Radio 2)

Caterpillar on RAI Radio 2 is one of the longest-running and most followed radio shows in Italy. We were honored to have our first public presentation of the project we started on March 21 with an interview by their crew. The audio is, of course, in Italian:

For more information in English on Participatory Lithology: see, write to or send a message to +39 3317539228 (SMS o whatsapp).

Kudos to Gabriele Sanna for the live recording. The whole show is available as a podcast from the Caterpillar web site.

March 5, 2019 – Jack O’Malley speaks about Geomusic for “In Aria” (Radio Rogna)

From 7’38” for three minutes you can listen to Jack O’Malley explaining (in Italian) how the idea of “geomusic” was born and how he is working on this with the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band. Jack then introduces a song on the subject of dreams. Kudos to Linda for the invitation!

Here is a transcript:

Hi this is Jack O’Malley, drummer and scientific director for the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band. What we are developing as a project is something we called “geomusic”, and I would like to explain to you what this is about, in two or three points.
I am an engineer, a PhD, a sort of a scientist. In 25 years I have been to some 1000 conferences and scientific events. At the same time, I like music a lot, so in 25 -let’s make it 40- years, I have been to 1000 concerts.

Out of these conferences, at least half are about the enviroment, about doing good for the Earth, remediating, cleaning the air. On the other hand, when you go to concerts, there is a fair share of songs by artists who are concerned about the environment.

Now: when you go to scientific conferences, at the end of the day you get the icebreaker cocktail, or the dinner, with a jazz quartet in the background. Then, when you go to a concert, the artist will sing a song which will give you some feeling about an environmental issue.

Going back to the scientific conference, you will find many scientists complaining about the fact that, after their strong commitment in a research, they have issues in conveying their findings to improve the environment. On the other side, artists, who may excel in arts, have a hard time to get through to their audience actual concepts and action items to take home.

Geomusic, in its own way, intends to act as liaison between these two positions.

So, we are working on producing music embedding actual explanations in environmental engineering topics and scientific outreach, in a way that people will be entertained, while learning things that they can apply at home. This story started at the end of 2016, after about a year that I was interacting with Etruschi from Lakota. At the time they were touring with their second album “Non ci resta che ridere”, which has a lot of songs about territorial issues.

I also joined forces with a mad German bass player, 70 years old back then, who relocated in Tatti, which is the hamlet where I am also based (and which was my grandfather’s place).

Having formed this team, we started partly to study, and mostly to experiment, with jam sessions and inviting each other, like myself inviting Dario Canal and Simone Sandrucci from EFL to give scientific presentations at national conferences, or EFL inviting me to play on stage, and there we set off with geomusic.
Clearly, geomusic is not developed in the void, in space or in academia, but is “on the road” a lot, and comes by listening to a lot of other music.
Thinking about dreams, I think that a good precursor to what we are doing, and to which I have listened one thousand times, comes from Smashing Pumpkins and the Siamese Dream album. As an example and an introduction you can listen to Cherub Rock

For more information you may visit the JBCM main page, or write to

Nov. 16, 2018: -A milder climate and artificial lighting alter tree resting

With and interview to Luciano Massetti (National Research Council Institute of Biometeorology), with whom we collaborate since 2014 on the BuioMetria Partecipativa project.

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Nov. 15, 2018- Do artificial lights alter the “rest” of the trees? (Italian Research Council press release)

This is a press release by the Italian Research Council, presenting the publication by Luciano Massetti about “Assessing the impact of street lighting on Platanus x acerifolia phenology” Published on Urban Forestry & Urban Greening in August 2018.

The press release was abridged by some national media,  not mentioning the other organisations with which CNR IBIMET collaborates on the topic of light pollution (namely, the University of Pisa and the BuioMetria Partecipativa project).

Find here the full press release (in Italian, for the moment).

Platanus x acerifolia under street lights (source: CNR)