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Cowbell Forest

Cowbell forest, is a sonorous project of intervention of the natural space of the praderes of high mountain and fields of around of the Pallars sobirà (more specifically of vall Farrera and of the valley of Espot), using an old musical instrument how is the cowbell (the skeleton takes this nomenclature To the "Lives of Sants rosellonesas", Catalan translation of the Legend Àuria of the XIII century, where it is possible to be read: "then he can take the rope to an oblate to the cluquer" (III, P. 161), thus calling the bell and cloister to the belfry), which almost disappeared from the rural environment with the descent of the pastereig and livestock, the industrialization of rural areas and the loss of inhabitants of these places.

The project addresses and reflects on the idea of ​​the specific sound landscape of the high mountain, where this musical instrument converted into a rural area acquires a relevance for the shepherds when it comes to identifying and not losing any head of cattle, and as the descent and change of economic model in the Pyrenees, has transformed the way of life of its inhabitants, who have gone from the hard work of livestock and agriculture, to the economy of tourism.


When we talk about this new economic model for the people of the Pyrenees, we are also talking about the change of natural landscape and the soundscapes that are located in their environment. The idea of ​​the Forest of skeletons, aims to address these paradigm changes that have transformed both the visual aesthetics of the environment (not only by the increase of buildings in pasture meadows), but many others of these places dedicated to pasture by lack of use, of running the bestià for them, they have been losing the battle in front of the forest, which little by little has been gaining the game and rooting its shoots, has been transformed into thickets, and has been transformed in less than half a century , of grassland in forest. In this way, the project wants to highlight the transformation of the environment and the loss of the visual and sound landscape.


The project will be addressed as a research on the sound of the Esquella, looking for the different types of bells that can be found for different types of bestià, and analyzing if the different valleys or areas of the Pyrenees, built these objects with different materials, sounds and forms .

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