David Monacchi. Explorative and Compositional Spaces for Fragments of Extinction
David Monacchi can be seen in a blue room. Sound tracks are projected on the walls. Chairs are placed in the center of the room.
Presentation and Concert
Sun, 23.01.2022, 7 pm CET, Talk
Language: English

Can we solve the contradiction between the perfectly »organized soundscapes« produced by undisturbed ecosystems and our own drive for creation? The immersive concert »Fragments of Extinction« – a multidisciplinary project about the biodiversity of primary forests – shows us how to!

David Monacchi, ecoacoustics researcher, composer and interdisciplinary artist, will give an overview of his long-term project »Fragments of Extinction«, which was conceived in 1998 as an environmental sound-art and science dissemination project, which is recording 24-hour 3D sound portraits of the oldest and most biologically diverse primary equatorial forests in Amazonia, Africa and Southeast Asia. The recordings are stored as sonic heritage of ecosystems, analysed within an ecoacoustics framework, composed into specific 3D sound-documentaries and played back in museums and public spaces through specifically designed Eco-acoustic Theatres. The ultimate aim is to foster audiences’ awareness on the richness and fragility of life, at times mass extinction.

Within the talk, the new specific analytic work »A comparative analysis of paleo-tropical and neo-tropical circadian hi-def recordings through advanced EEDI methodologies: a case study« in collaboration with Almo Farina, will be presented, as well as the current developments in the construction of Sonosfera®, the last ecoacoustic theater dedicated to deep ecosystem listening.

The subsequent concert of Monacchi's »eco-acoustic compositions« will offer a journey through the most recent and oldest recordings made in the framework of the project, which represent a compositional complement of sound environments.

For more information about the »Fragments of Extinction« project, click here.

The event will be held in English.

David Monacchi in interview

    • What is »Fragments of Extinction«?
    • What inspired you to do this?
    • What does ZKM mean to you?

David Monacchi (1970) is an eco-acoustics researcher, composer and interdisciplinary artist. He has been developing the project Fragments of Extinction since 1998, conducting field research in the world’s remaining areas of undisturbed primary equatorial forest. The recipient of multiple awards throughout Europe and North America, Monacchi is pioneering a new compositional and science dissemination approach based on 3D soundscape recordings of ecosystems to raise awareness on the biodiversity crisis through science-based sound art. His Eco-acoustic Theatre invention (a full-periphonic space dedicated to soundscape listening) has received the international patent in 2014 and is now being built in museums and public spaces as SONOSFERA®. He has worked extensively in cross-disciplinary contexts (contemporary music, cinema, video-art, site-specific public art, bioacoustics, natural history and science museums), and is founding member of artistic and scientific networks as the International Society of Ecoacoustics. A research fellow at Simon Fraser University - Vancouver in 1998 and a Fulbright scholar at University of California, Berkeley in 2007, Monacchi has taught at the University of Macerata since 2000, and is now professor of Electroacoustics at the Conservatorio “G. Rossini” of Pesaro (IT). A TEDx speaker in 2017, Artistic Research fellow at IRCAM-Paris in 2018, Monacchi is author of the multi-awarded documentary film “Dusk Chorus - based on Fragments of Extinction”. Collaborations with ICCROM and IUCN to promote advocacy in primary forest soundscape conservation, culminated in a recent invited talk for the plenary session of the 2018 United Nations Biodiversity Conference, UN COP-14.

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