2021 / 22:00 – 22:20 [gmt] Ljubljana

Corona nights in Ljubljana

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Corona nights in Ljubljana

In autumn 2020 Slovenia has faced one of the strictest society lockdowns due to pandemic situation, which happened to be one of least successful among European countries. It includes curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., the first such regulation of public life since Italian occupation during World War II. Recording and soundscape artist Boštjan Perovšek decided to capture this unique sound environment. Here are his reflections:
“We are living in strange times. Our social circles are reduced to predictable contacts. Night-time socialising is limited to the circles of people closest to each other and restricted to the confines of the four walls. But the nights can sound similar as they did a hundred years ago because there is much less people outside than there were, say, a year ago. I am interested in what that sounded like. During the period of restricted night-time movement, I recorded the sounds of a few interesting locations. The first was the Stožice football stadium in Ljubljana during the match between Slovenia and Azerbaijan, which was played in front of empty stands. The pounding of the ball and the calls reminiscent of battle commands are distinctly heard. The reverberations are amazing. I thank the Football Association of Slovenia for allowing me to record legally. Next, I tackled the sound of the Tivoli park, the Ljubljana city center at the Prešeren Monument, the castle, the train station, and other empty streets. I finished on a foggy morning at Špica Park, where swans suddenly flew in; their wings flapping sounded like skateboarding enthusiasts skating around me. Interestingly, the city did not go completely silent. My microphone particularly detected low tones, as if some large body were humming in the distance, waiting for the opportunity to get up and start moving. In this relative silence, the mighty sounds of trains and helicopters stood out. Bicycles, small motorcycles, scooters and the occasional pedestrian all seemed like sonic illusions. The Ljubljanica River was almost bubbling.”

Boštjan Perovšek is a musician, composer, and soundscape artist. Since mid-1980s his main focus has been in creating bio- acoustic music based on the sounds of animals, especially insects. He also creates music for film, theatre, performances, and multimedia installations, as well as soundscapes for museums and galleries. He works also as sound engineer for film and video.