Listening to/with Mar Paradoxo: a collective practice for sharing listenings


  • Gustavo Branco Germano Universidade de São Paulo
  • Alexandre Marino
  • Daniel Tápia Federal University of Espí­rito Santo
  • Henrique Rocha de Souza Lima Anhembi Morumbi University
  • Lílian Campesato NuSom
  • Marina Mapurunga de Miranda da Ferreira Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia
  • Valéria Bonafé Universidade de São Paulo
  • Vicente Reis Universidade de São Paulo



Listening, Otography, Experimental research practices, Raquel Stolf, Mar Paradoxo


This paper presents an experimental methodology developed by the collective Laura: Place for Research on Aurality for approaching listening as a shared experience. As a motif for the application of this methodology, we take the work Mar Paradoxo (Raquel Stolf, 2016) as a proposition for experiencing multiple modes of listening. To contextualize our understanding of Stolf's work, we refer to the concept of otography as a way of approaching the listening experience as something that makes and is made out of traces. By means of the production, sharing, and analysis of listening reports, we outline different modes through which our listening navigates. These modes help us understand listening as an experience that is multi-mediated and relational, singular and situated. In the end, we emphasize the presence of the other in the listening subject, resonating the thesis that the listening activity is driven by a desire of making one's listening listened.


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Biografia do Autor

Gustavo Branco Germano, Universidade de São Paulo

Gustavo Branco Germano is a PhD student at the School of Communications and Arts, University of São Paulo (ECA-USP) and holds an MA in Music (2020) and a Bachelor in Music Education (2017) from the same institution. His current research project focuses on the relationships between art and documentation in Brazilian field recordings. In his Master's thesis, he investigated an understanding of listening as a compositional act with particular emphasis on musical works that don't involve the intentional production of sounds. He is a member of NuSom – Research Center on Sonology and of LAURA - Place for Research on Aurality. ORCID: E-mail:

Alexandre Marino

Alexandre Marino is a sound artist, teacher, researcher and sound designer. Co-founder of Al Revés netlabel, where he produces sound art projects and works as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer. Works with soundtracks and sound design for audiovisual projects and plays. Master in Musicology at ECA-USP and post-graduate degree in Music Composition in Contemporary Technologies at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona - Spain). Works, since 2004, as an educator. ORCID: E-mail:

Daniel Tápia, Federal University of Espí­rito Santo

Daniel Tápia is a brazilian musician, composer and sound artist. He teaches music technology, film music and music education at the Federal University of Espí­rito Santo, where he also conducts the activities and production of its studio. Composer, classical guitarist, arranger and audio-musician, Daniel is the author of the book "O áudio musical e o áudio musicista" (musical audio and the audio-musician). With intense artistic practice as an audio-musician (mainly recording, mixing and mastering), he was a Latin Grammy Nominee in the year of 2018 and recently released his first album as a composer, called "Contrastes". He is now developing his post-doctoral research at University of São Paulo as part of NuSom, regarding the investigation of the artistic processes and education in audio. ORCID: E-mail:

Henrique Rocha de Souza Lima, Anhembi Morumbi University

Henrique Rocha de Souza Lima received his PhD in Music from the University of São Paulo; MA in Philosophy from the Federal University of Ouro Preto; and his Undergraduation in Music Education from Federal University of Ouro Preto. He is currently a Professor in the course Technologies for Phonographic Production - Music Production, at the Anhembi Morumbi University in São Paulo-Brazil. ORCID: E-mail:

Lílian Campesato, NuSom

Lí­lian Campesato (b. 1981) is a Brazilian artist, scholar, and curator. Research Fellow at USP and research affiliate at NuSom since 2012. She works mainly in the following areas: sound studies, experimental music, sound arts, and feminisms. Her texts discuss listening, noise, experimentalism, and counter-hegemonic discourses in these fields. As an artist she explores voice and performance. Since 2017, she has developed the research project "Microfonias: intention and sharing of listening" in partnership with Brazilian composer and scholar Valéria Bonafé. Co-founder of Sonora: musics and feminisms, a collective network dedicated to the discussion and expansion of feminist expressions in music and the arts. ORCID: E-mail:

Marina Mapurunga de Miranda da Ferreira, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia

Marina Mapurunga de Miranda da Ferreira is a PhD student in Music (Sonology) at the Universidade de São Paulo. She holds an MA in Communication from the Universidade Federal Fluminense. She works as a researcher in areas of sound studies and audiovisual. She is a researcher at NuSom – Research Center on Sonology and an activist in Sonora network – Music and Feminisms. She is a member of the Orquestra Errante. She teaches at Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia (Cachoeira, Bahia), and is coordinator of the SONatório – Laboratory of experimentation in sound. ORCID: E-mail:

Valéria Bonafé, Universidade de São Paulo

Valéria Bonafé is a composer and researcher. She works in the areas of musical composition, analysis, sound studies and feminisms. BA in Music Composition, MA and PhD in Musicology, she studied at the University of São Paulo and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. Since 2017, she has developed the project Microfonias: Invention and Sharing of Listening in partnership with Lí­lian Campesato. Associated researcher at NuSom - Research Center on Sonology at USP, co-founder of Sonora: music and feminisms, and member of Laura - Place for Research on Aurality. Currently she is developing postdoctoral research supported by CNPq. ORCID: E-mail:

Vicente Reis, Universidade de São Paulo

Vicente Reis is a Professor at the Center for Culture, Languages and Applied Technologies (CECULT) at the Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB), he teaches subjects related to audio recording, music production and media art. Master in Communication and Contemporary Culture (UFBA) and PhD student in Music at the University of São Paulo (USP). Acts as a sound designer in electronic games projects. ORCID: E-mail:


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Como Citar

Germano, G. B., Marino, A., Tápia, D., Lima, H. R. de S., Campesato, L., Ferreira, M. M. de M. da, Bonafé, V., & Reis, V. (2021). Listening to/with Mar Paradoxo: a collective practice for sharing listenings. Revista Vórtex, 9(2).



Dossier "Creative practices in Sound Art"