As stated in its Manifesto, VacuaMœnia – from the Latin “empty walls” – is an identitarian and ecological sound act that revolutionises profound meanings.
The aesthetic revolution of VacuaMœnia evokes from places abandoned by man and the sounds these produce: an investigation of sounds, the enduring ones and those to be organised on-site through hiking, field registration and contact with the territory.
VacuaMœnia initiates its activity in the Sicilian hinterland with playing the sounds of abandoned villages that were first built to populate rural areas in Sicily during the Fascist time. Society is driven by urbanism or natural disasters to forget about the countryside, leaving behind the walls that were welcoming once and that lastly lost any meaning. The sites lose their definitions and become “Atmospheres”.
VacuaMœnia reveals these Atmospheres through a tactile action proposing a dense vacuum nature, the harmonic box. The materials represent the orchestra players, the paths and the streets are arrangements written on earth. Thus, through touch and the other senses, every soundscape becomes a site of sounds as well as a musical instrument under construction.
We decided to include this awesome video in which Raymond Murray Schafer describes how and what to listen to within a soundscape. These few minutes summarise the strengths of the Schaferian message and are the cultural and theoretical Manifesto on Soundscape and Acoustic Ecology.