A new sound for a new year, with this field recording taken in Venice on New Year’s Eve 2021, outside Santa Lucia train station in Venice.
The bells nearest the train station are ringing for early evening mass while people hurry in and out of the station to carry on with their new year plans.
We listen to the bells then head into the station, listening out for platform announcements, conversations and all the ambience you’d expect from a train station buzzing with life at the end of the year.
In the reimagined piece, the clouds of arpeggiated synth notes represent the busy travellers coming in and out of the station, while the steadier bass pulses represent the surety and predictability of a rail timetable and the practical reliability of the trains taking people home.
The scene in the station on a foggy, freezing New Year’s Even put us in mind of the opening of Calvino’s novel If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler, so we included a (disembodied) voice reading aloud from the book to bring these worlds together.
The text is as follows: