No Island But Other Connections

No Island but Other Connections is a research project and a workshop by Enrico Malatesta consistings in a program of sound-based activities; from sound-territory explorations to performances, from site-specific listening exercises to folklore’s investigations…


The sound is presented as a multi-dimensional event to take part in, becoming the instrument through which advanced listening devices, spatial practice and social interaction can be achieved.
No Island but Other Connections contains a program of distinct activities that are developed out of a negotiation between the state of research of the author and the acoustic and relational possibilities of the encountered spaces. It is a participatory workshop during which the fundamentals to be studied are the exposure to the sound potential of the working place, the process of waiting, and the creation of distance between the body and the sound impulse. These open up the possibility of studying in depth the sound-related behaviour of what is around us, that which moves between architectural, instrumental and evocative spaces. The listening experience is developed, therefore, through workshops, performances, scores and sound-based texts. Each part of the project aims to promote listening that is both active and open to the relationship between space, sound and the vitality of matter. In this scheme of things, the human body, as the primary perceptive instrument, is penetrated by a whole series of sound impulses that expand and contract space in every direction, producing mobility; listening can enhance the ability to perceive that which acts outside the subject, and may create possibilities for an open future.

No Island But Other Connections – Third Edition
July 10-14, 2017 at Postaja Topolove
Topolò di Grimacco IT

No Island But Other Connections – Second Edition
April 24-30, 2017 at Careof
Milano IT

No Island But Other Connections – First Edition
July 8,9,10 and 16, 2016 at Santarcangelo Festival
MET – Museo degli usi e costumi della gente di Romagna, Santarcangelo IT





Horn and Cymbal in the Asparagus field
Pierino is an accumulator. I can recognize his way to accumulate very common through the people of his age that come from the rural area; the aim of the accumulation is basically aimed at preserve fragments, iron (in order to sell it), wood and all the components of electrical and mechanical devices that can be useful in order to fix mulfunctions of the machines used in the field. 
 I noticed that Pierino has a slight attraction to sounds/sounding things and sometimes he reassembles things creating rudimental sound-devices that are scattered in the field and used for entertainment and as sound signals.

Horn: If we are absent play here

Cymbal: an old and very cheap cymbal that I bought in a flea market (more than ten years ago) and that I had trashed in the garbage. I found this cymbal reassembled with a system of suspension made with a car belt, two screws and a rusty iron knocker. The cymbal and the knocker, in that condition, are let free to move on the wind spreading small sounds by touching one to another. Pierino put this cymbal in there bacause when he hears its sound he remembers me and the time when I was playing the drums all the day in his shed. Rina, on the other hand, has started to beat it as loud as possible in order to advise Pierino when the lunch is ready instead of shout at him…



An act of remembering sound-territory connections and aural folklore
Contribution to Slow Reading ClubKunstenfestivaldesarts “Before The Codes” A Night Of Thinking Through Senses.
May 2017, Bruxelles BE


Farmer, blood of the servant,
Your plough has remained without music.

An agricultural work tool and a poly-functional instrument for sound ceremonies (with superstitious and symbolic value), common in Romagna. It consists of a steel body composed of a stalk, a decorative top piece (pagella), and two to six circular rings.

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Bangladesh: Barisal Gun
Italy: Brontidi
Japan: Uminari
Belgium: Mistpoeffers
Philippines: Retumbos
Iran: Retumbos
United States: Guns of the Seneca

Skyquakes are unexplained phenomena emanating from the sky, soun- ding like a sonic boom. They have been heard in several locations around the world and have been described as being like distant but inordina- tely loud thunder, while there are no clouds in the sky large enough to generate lightning. The phenomenon has been described in Romagna as an incredibly loud roar coming from the Apennine Mountains, crea- ted by a violent wind or by overwhelming water movement underneath the surface of the earth. The sound has apparently vanished and is no longer audible.

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