Philip Samartzis – Unheard Spaces (2006) excerpt
Unheard Spaces comprises field recordings of Venice conducted over a three-week period in March 2000. The focus of the composition is on the way sound permeates Venice to highlight the specific acoustics that characterize the aural dimension of this labyrinthine city. As one of the most recognizable cities in the world, and the subject of countless artistic works, I was interested to know whether it was possible to portray Venice in new and innovative ways by focusing exclusively on its sonic character. Inspired by Luc Ferrari’s Presque Rien (1995/France), as well as Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice (1971/Italy/France), Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973/UK/Italy) and Paul Schrader’s The Comfort of Strangers (1991/Italy/UK/USA), Unheard Spaces uses narrative to locate the listener within a set of complex sonic interactions resounding within the myriad of passageways, piazzas and canals that constitute the lugubrious city. The composition was originally arranged and mixed in eight-channel surround sound for the La Costruzione del Suono Festival staged in Mestre, Italy in 2004. This CD contains a stereo mix down derived from the eight-channel surround mix.