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ETNA_EXPERIMENT

Etna_experiment_I

Etna_experiment is an exploration of ground movements and seismic signals in the vicinity of Etna volcano. Continual background vibrations, known as seismic noise, often distort seismic signals and limit their detection. Seismic noise is mostly generated by wind and ocean waves or even vehicle traffic and industrial activity. We had played on the characteristics of seismic noises such as wind and other noise generating phenomenons on the contrary to seismic stations which are usually built in remote areas in order to eliminate the influence of seismic noise. Although we set our movable sonoseismic lab in remote area of Montalbano Elicona on island Sicily, Italy on the outcrops of geological hard rock far away from larger cities, our aim was not to eliminate the seismic noise, but rather to emphasis the importance of all the noises the earth creates in the multiverse, not universe, of its movements. The experiments were aimed at presenting sonority of even the smallest movements on and in the earth. We view sound not as totality but as fragmented soundscape of noises, drones, hums, etc. We were detecting not only the potential seismic movements which happens on a very low frequency scale, but also the effects of wind and microseismic movements in large stone masses in the area around beautiful megaliths of Argimusco.

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“One of the things that amazes me is that the Himalayas – which people think of as the paradigm of the stable – are still moving up one millimeter a year because India is still clashing with Central Asia. They’re a ripple in the surface of the Earth. We cannot conceive of a clash that would last millions of years – our time frame is too limited. Imagine an observer with a time-scale so large that he could see this clash. He would not even see us. Species to him would seem like vast amounts of biomass in constant change. He would see evolution. Everything that matters to evolution happens across millennia. That observer would see species mutating and flowing. He [or she] would probably worship flows – unlike us, who, because of our very, very tiny time-scale of observation, tend to worship rocks.” /Manuel De Landa and Erik Davis (Interviewer). De Landa Destratified. Mondo 2000. No 8, Winter 1992./

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