Sound Fossil II. Spiral

Alessandro Perini
Sound Fossil II. Spiral
machine for carving clay
(2018)

Part of a cycle of three works about the geomorphic forces seen as sound.

Click here for “Sound Fossil I. Plane”
Click here for “Sound Fossil III. Lines”


A geophone has been used for recording the vibration occurring in the soil while collecting clay from it.

A fragment of this recording was then carved into a disc made of the same clay, by means of a custom-built machine.

The disc thus incorporates a visible trace of the previously recorded sound. Human action is seen as a geomorphic force.


Thumbnail/cover and photos by Guido Suardi


The machine was built with salvaged parts from an old dot-matrix printer. I documented the upcycling of the printer in a tutorial on Hackster.io.


Part of:
IperPianalto Exhibition
Curated by Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna

Final exhibition of the residence project organized by Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte and GAM /Turin, and promoted by Compagnia di San Paolo.

June 23rd, 24th, 25th 2018
Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Poirino (To), Italy

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