Thursday June 22, 2017
A series of undulating hills and valleys comprising barley, oats, wheat and hay surround San Marco Dei Cavoti. Combine harvesters, tractors and trucks move through the landscape at differing speeds and directions. The oscillating sound of accelerating and de-accelerating engines drifts through the town. Scattered across the skyline is an endless array of wind turbines of various types and sizes. The Provence of Benevento is the site of the densest implementation of wind technology in Southern Italy, where up to a thousand turbines have been installed. The sheer quantity of them is breathtaking. I visit an area called Casone Cocca where assorted turbines line the contours of yellow hills and valleys. The wind is strong here. I listen to the interplay between turbines rotating at various speeds phasing in and out with one another. The massive elongated blades slicing through the convex sky. Gusting wind pushes long shafts of wheat and grass creating a lovely crisp swirling sound. The deep thrum emitted by the rotating turbines reminds me of a locked groove record recursively folding back on itself.