Seminar Week 2017: Corsica

Sounds from Granite Island

Acoustic architecture in Corsica

We will explore the vernacular stone architecture of Corsica with its deeply rooted, vivid relationship to landscape, sound and everyday culture. Through on-site acoustic experiments, soundwalks, and workshops with local experts, we will investigate the sonica and haptic dimensions of a range of building types and construction methods – from the primitive hut to the modernist architecture-sculpture objects, from the medieval citadel to the contemporary urban structure of Bastia. By circumnavigating the island, we will test how architectural texture affects resonance and how sound can be used to create social spaces in Corsica’s diverse landscapes.

– Soundwalks
– Sound recording and experimental playback with speakers on site
– Traditional singing workshop in indoor/outdoor spaces (with Christian Andreani)
– Comparing Church Acoustics with polyphonic Confraternity (Jean-Jacques Andreani)
– Presentation of traditional Corsican instruments (with Christian Andreani)
– Field sketching (architecture, urban/rural spaces and settings, views)
– Collecting material samples and developing a texture palette with rock rubbings
– Rock hunting through photographs and sketches
– Meetings with young Corsican architects
– Hiking tour


Prof. Christophe Girot
Ludwig Berger
Lara Mehling
Johannes Rebsamen
Matthias Vollmer

CONTACT: Ludwig Berger



Introduction: 9.3.2017, 17.00-19:00h, HIL H 40.5 (AudioVisual Lab)

18.3. Zurich – Nice – Bastia

DAY 1: Port City, Contemporary Architecture, Musical Procession.
19.3. Patrimonio / Bastia
AM: Introduction
PM: Bastia – Fête de la Saint Joseph

DAY 2: Chant, Polychromic Mountain Drive, Harbor Evening.
20.3. Patrimonio – Murato – Corte – Ajaccio
AM: Patrimonio – Singing Workshop (Christian Andreani)
PM: San Michele de Murato – Corte – Ajaccio

DAY 3: Church Acoustics, Polyphony, Ruins.
21.3 Ajaccio – Sartène
AM: Churches of Ajaccio – Chant Presentation (Jean-Jacques Andreani & Confrérie Saint Jean Baptiste)
PM: Coti Chiavari or Filitosa – Sartène

DAY 4: Medieval Maze, Granite Tafoni, Limestone Citadel.
22.3. Sartène – Bonifacio
AM: City of Sartène
PM: A Casa di Roccapina

DAY 5: Sea Caves, Limestone Cliffs, Marine Cemetery.
22.3. Bonifacio
AM: Bonifacio by the sea
PM: Bonifacio / Optional Excursion

DAY 6: Granite Woods, Megalith Cult, Brutalism on the Beach.
24.3. Bonifacio – Patrimonio
AM: Cucuruzzu & Capula
PM: Col de Bavella – Ghisonaccia – Patrimonio

DAY 7: Mountain Hike, Sound Jam, Wine Tasting.
25.3. Patrimonio / Cap Corse
AM: Sisco – Hiking & Traditional Instrument Workshop (Christian Andreani)
PM: Cap Corse – Patrimonio

26.3. Bastia – Nice – Zurich