Conexión Rural: Fortore - Maras - La Convención

by Alejandro Cornejo Montibeller



In the urban environment, acoustic codes are disorganized, without any location or a predetermined sequence: their role is to respond to the urgency, the chaos, often to violence. Even if these codes correspond to the logic of organization within the "normality" of the events, it's true that their grinding, amplified mechanics make them subject of a process that Murray Schafer calls "Schizophonia", like sounds that seem to have lost their natural originality and suffer a constant amplification, reproducing all without an order or a known composition, generating phenomena such as noise. They are sounds that eventually become physically harmful for their intensity and persistence.

In nature, even though such codes are "biologically" needed as well as in cities, they are differentiated by the perfect organization. They refer to well-structured communication processes by which species interact daily since ancient times. These sounds are not produced only from animal species, but also by local natural phenomena, in the context of situations that the species included in this communicative continuum.

Rural communities, namely those living with and in nature, are formed perhaps by humans who are mostly aware of the fundamental elements that make up the sounds in their daily lives. A logic in some ways lost in urban areas, where the sounds are desperate instincts and constitute a chasm growing exponentially.

Conexión Rural is a project that has compared a series of experiences that I lived in 2015 in the rural southern Peru and the south of Italy: territories which have been re-read through sound according to the same survey method, by comparing two geographically distant areas, but with some similar characteristics, that stand out mainly agricultural production, farming and subsistence products.

The recordings that became part of this work have been extracted from the materials collected during different sound trips conducted in the regions of Maras / Cusco and La Convención in Peru, and in Italy during Liminaria residency in the Fortore rural region. From Ceja de Selvae to Maras, from Chincheros to the village of Baselice, the narrative of this route runs through a series of interviews and soundscapes records and various documents presented here, in these eleven tracks.

The focus of the whole project is oriented on these rural areas with the sound narrative. Places that now seem far from the understanding of the inhabitants of the cities where the automation, the artificiality and the speed does not allow you to understand the fundamental processes necessary for overall survival, such as food production, environmental ecology, traditions and popular knowledge, among the constituent factors of the stories of communities and the world.


released June 21, 2016

My thanks for this work go to the Bianco family in Baselice, to the whole of Liminaria team, to Marco Antonio Moscoso and Julio Montibeller, to the fatigue of all the campesinos and farmers who are the example, the legacy, the life. A special thanks to Leandro Pisano.




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