AKG C414 B-ULS microphones were initially used to record the spouts
Italian engineers’ record an ancient fountain for art installation, writes Mike Clark
ON THE OCCASION of March’s World Water Day and the centenary of the inauguration of Rimini’s aqueduct, events organised by Consorzio dei Saperi included a unique audio installation entitled The harmony of ancient and modern waters by sound engineers Andrea Felli and Francesco Penolazzi.
Michelangelo visited Rimini in the 16th century and his comment regarding the beauty of the town’s Pigna fountain and the possibility of creating music with water falling into various sized vessels is inscribed on the
fountain: “Make harmony with the different falls of water, as I saw in the fountain in Rimini”. The main circular drum on
which the pinecone that gives the fountain its name stands dates back to Roman times and the basins under the 15 spouts are 15th century. Until 1912, the fountain was the city’s only source of drinking water and is still a thirst-quenching stopping point on hot summer days. Felli was fascinated by the inscription and often considered creating an audio installation dedicated to it: “I finally decided to proceed with
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