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The Sound of Industry is Now Online:
Listen Again to “Il Canto della Fabbrica”

“Here at the factory, man loses none of his talent, none of his genius. The measure of his skill can be seen in the object, in the product, the commodity. The submissive machine assists him”. Wise words from Leonardo Sinisgalli – an engineer and poet, originally from Lucania but Milanese by vocation in life and work – in an article he wrote for Pirelli magazine in 1949. The mystery of the relationship between man and machine is a theme that spanned the entire twentieth century and that still poses new questions today. Because factories change and machines go digital: computers, robots, online relationships, big data, and so on. High-quality manufacturing remains, but now with a hi-tech soul. People’s work and skills also change, of course, as does the universal language of machines. What does contemporary industry sound like today?

Il Canto della Fabbrica – “the song of the factory” – was came to life among the people and machines at the Pirelli Industrial Centre in Settimo Torinese. Championed by the Pirelli Foundation, the project emerged from a meeting between the composer Francesco Fiore and the Orchestra da Camera Italiana, conducted by Maestro Salvatore Accardo. This song of the factory was performed by the Orchestra da Camera Italiana inside the “factory in the cherry orchard” in Settimo Torinese before thousands of spectators, and its story has been told in a book. On the ilcantodellafabbrica.org website you can listen to the whole concert and hear the voices of its protagonists: for Maestro Fiore “the factory as a place where people intervene in the natural environment to create their own workplace, and where shared knowledge and work find their synthesis in a final product: in music, no less.” “We’ve shared the importance of ‘making by hand’, touching the material – in this case, musical and instrumental – shaping it in line with the characteristics of the individual players, giving new life to ancient wisdom,” said Maestro Accardo.

A publishing project that you can browse through online, starting from pictures of the concert and of the Pirelli Industrial Centre in Settimo Torinese, yesterday and today.

So come with us and listen to “the song of the factory”: a world of sounds, of robots and violins, notes and algorithms, metal arms and speakers made of precious wood. In other words, come and listen to the music of machines.

“Here at the factory, man loses none of his talent, none of his genius. The measure of his skill can be seen in the object, in the product, the commodity. The submissive machine assists him”. Wise words from Leonardo Sinisgalli – an engineer and poet, originally from Lucania but Milanese by vocation in life and work – in an article he wrote for Pirelli magazine in 1949. The mystery of the relationship between man and machine is a theme that spanned the entire twentieth century and that still poses new questions today. Because factories change and machines go digital: computers, robots, online relationships, big data, and so on. High-quality manufacturing remains, but now with a hi-tech soul. People’s work and skills also change, of course, as does the universal language of machines. What does contemporary industry sound like today?

Il Canto della Fabbrica – “the song of the factory” – was came to life among the people and machines at the Pirelli Industrial Centre in Settimo Torinese. Championed by the Pirelli Foundation, the project emerged from a meeting between the composer Francesco Fiore and the Orchestra da Camera Italiana, conducted by Maestro Salvatore Accardo. This song of the factory was performed by the Orchestra da Camera Italiana inside the “factory in the cherry orchard” in Settimo Torinese before thousands of spectators, and its story has been told in a book. On the ilcantodellafabbrica.org website you can listen to the whole concert and hear the voices of its protagonists: for Maestro Fiore “the factory as a place where people intervene in the natural environment to create their own workplace, and where shared knowledge and work find their synthesis in a final product: in music, no less.” “We’ve shared the importance of ‘making by hand’, touching the material – in this case, musical and instrumental – shaping it in line with the characteristics of the individual players, giving new life to ancient wisdom,” said Maestro Accardo.

A publishing project that you can browse through online, starting from pictures of the concert and of the Pirelli Industrial Centre in Settimo Torinese, yesterday and today.

So come with us and listen to “the song of the factory”: a world of sounds, of robots and violins, notes and algorithms, metal arms and speakers made of precious wood. In other words, come and listen to the music of machines.