The Pythagorean term «akousma» has a double meaning. On one hand, it refers to a precept that must be followed and has to be «listened to» because of its truth-value. It can disclose a novel and unexpected view of the world, and its efficacy derives from the sound and the image evoked by the words themselves. Like a magic formula, such a precept originates wonder and disbelief. At the same time, «akousma» also alludes to the way in which sound and voice, especially in contemporary theatre, can create an acoustic ambience to surround the spectator: a space where it is no longer possible to identify the source of sound. Starting from this double notion, Enrico Pitozzi discusses the role of voice and sound in the theatre work of Ermanna Montanari, composed in collaboration with director Marco Martinelli (with whom she directs the company Teatro delle Albe), electro-acoustic composter Luigi Ceccarelli, and poet Nevio Spadoni. The analysis focuses in particular on the two concert performances Ouverture Alcina (2009) and Lus≥ (2015), of which the book contains the texts and links to download the audio tracks.

Akousma. Figure and voice in the acoustic theatre of Ermanna Montanari / Pitozzi, Enrico. - STAMPA. - (2018), pp. 1-208.

Akousma. Figure and voice in the acoustic theatre of Ermanna Montanari

Pitozzi, Enrico
2018

Abstract

The Pythagorean term «akousma» has a double meaning. On one hand, it refers to a precept that must be followed and has to be «listened to» because of its truth-value. It can disclose a novel and unexpected view of the world, and its efficacy derives from the sound and the image evoked by the words themselves. Like a magic formula, such a precept originates wonder and disbelief. At the same time, «akousma» also alludes to the way in which sound and voice, especially in contemporary theatre, can create an acoustic ambience to surround the spectator: a space where it is no longer possible to identify the source of sound. Starting from this double notion, Enrico Pitozzi discusses the role of voice and sound in the theatre work of Ermanna Montanari, composed in collaboration with director Marco Martinelli (with whom she directs the company Teatro delle Albe), electro-acoustic composter Luigi Ceccarelli, and poet Nevio Spadoni. The analysis focuses in particular on the two concert performances Ouverture Alcina (2009) and Lus≥ (2015), of which the book contains the texts and links to download the audio tracks.
2018
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Akousma. Figure and voice in the acoustic theatre of Ermanna Montanari / Pitozzi, Enrico. - STAMPA. - (2018), pp. 1-208.
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