francesco michi
Since 2002
Works in Firenze Italy

Francesco Michi lives and works in Firenze, Italy, where he also took a degree in Philosophy and then in Electronic Music. In 1982, he founded FORMAT - architetture sonore -,a group of musicians/composers working in the field of electroacoustic and computer music. Though having different musical background the members of FORMAT shared a common research and activity regarding the relations between sound and environment. FORMAT's line of research and operation is twofold. The first one consists in experimenting new creative approaches with the materials which technology, especially the "plain and simple" one, offers to daily use; the second one consists in studying the acoustic environment and its modifications, and in operating on them
Francesco Michi and FORMAT have published several theoretical essays and realized sound installations, performances, sound sculptures, sound and musical machines, radio programmes etc., in Italy and abroad.
Since 1996 he performs in concerts presenting two kind of programs, one with his own composition and one about the experimental music since 1950
Since 1997 he is interested in music and web, as theoretician and projecting and realizing musical web-based operations.
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"AURICOLI DA RUMORE _project 2012"

Sun Sep 30, 2012 23:59

Mercato Saraceno (FC), Italy

a project of FKL (Forum Klanglandschaft) - The Rad’Art Project / Artéco association

15 years ago, in 1997, we organized an exhibition called “AURICOLI DA RUMORE” and we invited some artists and designers, to send a contribution, an object, a piece of handicraft, to participate on it.
We asked them to imagine a device which could defend us from excessive noise or sound, as somehow similar to the sunglasses that defend us from excessive light: we asked to imagine something like an accessory, a nice object to be worn.
The exhibition was realized at Firenze, as part of a festival of experimental music and art named “INCONTRI MUSICANICI”.
After 15 years, we want to start again with this project. So we are publishing a new call for participation, since we are convinced that sound pollution is still a hot topic.

Here is our new call for participation:


There are many ways to defend us from too high an intensity of light, the most popular is the use of sunglasses.
This is a very common object, which initially was maybe just a useful object, but, with time, has become a “vanity object”, habit, vice, and many famous stylists started designing them.However, undoubtedly, defending ourselves from too intense light is a real need,
and, sometimes, a matter of surviving.
Now, in these last decades, especially in our cities, there is another sense organ, which is subjected to an excessively strong stimulation: our ears.
The reports about the acoustic pollution in our cities are worrying, and the limitations to the intensity of noise which the laws impose, are indiscriminate and generally not sufficient to defend us adequately from the dangerous consequences.
It may be necessary, thus, to use a device which provides a filter to sounds, as the sunglasses filter light.
It could become also necessary and urgent to design such devices not only considering their usefulness, as in the case of the ear muffs which defend the workers from acoustic stress, but also considering their “design".
They could be a precious and fashion object, which could be worn with pride, pleasure, enjoyment.
Starting from the vision of such a possible future, we are proposing to everyone interested in collaborating, to design or build an object which can be used for this purpose: defend our ears; objects with different shapes, with different filtering degrees for different needs.
We will present these purposefully designed and built prototypes in an exhibition in December 2012 at Rad'Art (Mercato Saraceno), and we will publish the full collection in a “catalogue”, which will also explain the sense of this operation.

FKL and Artéco reserve the possibility to organize, with the collected materials, further exhibitions, in Italy and abroad.
AURICOLI DA RUMORE is a metaphorical operation: the objects we will exhibit, even if they actually work, won't be easily wearable at this moment. By simulating such a need, and designing such an object, we mainly intend to make us think about the existence of a real problem.
We wish to point out that we are not asking for a technologically efficient object: we are staying within a symbolic and poetic universe.
The sunglasses defend us from sunshine, which is a natural thing, and cannot be eliminated.
The Auricoli da Rumore, instead, should defend us from acoustic pollution, which is a typically human problem, and we wish that its solution will follow also different and more radical ways.


Please, send your work (objects, prototypes, projects and/or photos), together with a short explanation and a short curriculum vitae (in digital support, preferably Word), to this address within 09.30.2012,

Bando Auricoli da Rumore (BAR)
FKL - The Rad’Art Project / Artéco association
Casella postale 1227109
Ufficio postale di Piavola
Via Turati, 10
47025 Piavola di Mercato Saraceno (FC)

Simultaneously send an email using the form at this web address:
giving your name, the title of your work, a very short presentation and a very short curriculum.
At the end of the submission process, you will find a paypal button: in order to participate in "auricoli da rumore" exhibition and catalogue, you have to become a member of Arteco Association paying a membership fee of 20 euros. Both FKL and Artéco are absolutely no profit organizations, and each project of them needs the support of the participants.

To get any kind of information, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Francesco Michi, Italian coordinator FKL (Forum Klanglandschaft):
Anton Roca, art director The Rad’Art Project

Further information on the web sites:

Collected materials WILL NOT BE RETURNED to senders; they will become part of the collection of Rad’Art Documentation Centre (CeDR’A), managed by Artéco association.





the deadline: October 30 2010



Thu Sep 30, 2010 00:00


keep an ear on...


FKL and TempoReale invite you to submit scientific and musical contributions related to the theme of soundscape to the fifth symposium of Forum Klanglandschaft to be held in Florence (Italy), 20 - 22 May 2011.
The conference is held in cooperation between the two institutions, together with the contemporary art center EX3, and offers the opportunity to present, in the conference, papers, sound-works, installations and videos.

The title keep an ear on ... suggests, as the specific theme for this edition, the need to pay attention to and also to control what we all hear, both from the point of view of the danger of noise pollution, and from the one of the aesthetic quality of our sound environment.

Scientific papers

Scientific sessions are planned with papers of 20 minutes.
To submit a paper you have to send an abstract (max 400 words) and a short biography (max 200 words).

Abstracts and biographies, both in your own language and in English, must be submitted to the following email address:

A stereo audio system and a video projection system will be available during the symposium.


there are two categories of soundworks

1 - Soundscape composition (also in multichannel format)

Send an the audio recording of the work with a short description (max 400 words) and a short biography (max 200 words).
All the documents must be submitted, both in your own language and in English, to the following email address:

A stereo recording of the audio material, marked "FKL-Soundscape Composition”, must be sent to the symposium address.

2 - Works on the theme "Music and environment" (without live musicians, also in multichannel format)

Send an audio recording of the work with a short description (max 400 words) and a short biography (maximum 200 words).
All the documents, both in your own language and in English, must be submitted to the following email address:

A stereo recording of the audio material, marked "FKL-Music and environment” must be sent to the symposium address.

Sound installations

Send a short description of the work (max 400 words), a short biography (max. 200 words) and a documentation file.

The documentation file should contain pictures or drawings of the installation, explain clearly the working of the installation, contain all the technical data, the required space and everything else that is needed.
Describe as accurately as possible all the technical and space requirements, and specify also what you can contribute to the realization of your work and what you would need to be provided by FKL.
A movie or a video simulation of the installation will be appreciated.
All the documents , both in your own language and in English, must be submitted to the following email address:

The documentation file as well as the attached materials (movies, audio files etc), marked "FKL-sound installation", must be sent to to the symposium address.

The accepted installations will be hosted by the Centre for Contemporary Art EX3.
At the address:, you can see the spaces that the contemporary art center EX3 makes available.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is: October 30

Address for all materials:
FKL 2011 Symposium
Villa Strozzi - Via Pisana 77
50143 Florence (Italy)

The scientific and artistic selection committee will include board members of FKL and TempoReale and will choose the papers, musical works and installations (together with a member of EX3) be presented during the symposium.

Please note that in case of acceptance of your scientific proposal , in order to present it at the conference you must be or become a member of FKL.

For more information and details



I am glad to communicate that my project THEBIGEAR was selected by the CIBERART- BILBAO FESTIVAL for the section NET ART.
The Festival will take place in Bilbao (ES) (obvious) from April 23 to 30.

this is the site

By the way two further news about THEBIGEAR
- THEBIGEAR has a renewed look (graphics by Elsa Mersi)
- We finally published three 10'each fragments of the acoustic reproduction of the acoustic environment which THEBIGEAR listens

The site


THEBIGEAR project - an invitation!!!

La versione italiana e sotto!!!........


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