Rotonda della Besana

August 31, 2014 - Rotonda della Besana (Milan, IT)
Rotonda della Besana — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

The Rotonda della Besana is a late baroque building complex and former cemetery built between 1695 and 1732. The Rotonda encloses a public garden surrounded by a hectagon-shaped portico, located near the city center of Milan.

We collected field recordings from the outside area surrounding the Rotonda, and then used four PA speakers placed in a section of the portico to bring the distant surrounding sounds to the inside of the Rotonda.

Using filters (highpass, lowpass, and bandpass), we were able to amplify and highlight specific sound events and audible drones (cars passing, church bells ringing, construction, water fountains, electricity hums, ventilation) when they were present in the recordings. 


Installation by Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Curated by MADAM & Video Sound Art