Horses Talk: Dii, Hai, O and other horse words
In the small village of Benești, a few hours’ drive west of Bucharest, locals use horse-drawn carts to go to the fields. They return with freshly cut hay or sand from the riverbed. Coachmen talk to their horses in order to indicate which directions to follow and the appropriate speed. “Dii” to move forward, “Hai” to go faster, “O” to stop.
I’ve invited myself with the microphones on board for a ride. Communication runs through sounds and gestures, which in my lack of understanding Romanian language turn horse talk into universal language. Each in their own manner, man and animal, seem to understand each other. Voice speaks beyond words, inviting us to listen to timbre, rhythms and melodies that intertwine as they are spoken.
With the voices of Titel, Daniel, Ionel,
as well as Anamaria, Laurențiu, Mara, Maria, Octav, Simina and Zsolt.
Sound piece created during the SONIC FUTURE RESIDENCE organized by Asociația Jumătatea plină and SEMI SILENT to Conacul Otetelișanu, Vâlcea County, Romania in July 2018.
Broadcast: Teatrul Apollo 111 (Ro), Immersion Sonore #3 Bricoles (Fr), Igloo (Cz), Selected by Ars Acustica from UER, Festival Ear You Are (Be), Semaine Écoute Critique présentée par Juliette Volcler (Fr),
Winner of Semi Silent Awards 2019
Third prize at Grand Prix Nova 2019
Nominated at Phonurgia Prize 2019