He asked artists inside and outside the Eufonia network, including some who are deaf, to compose original music using only sub-frequencies. The artists come from diverse musical backgrounds, such as classical, electronic, and sound art.
Francesco says the limitation of low frequencies is a challenge, yet it allows for a tremendous amount of creativity. “Musicians are very excited to do this. They don’t know how to tackle the problem, but they always find a solution.” For example, a musician composing a piece with a guitar and microphone might use a pitch pedal to transform the sound to sub-frequencies, and a subwoofer to increase the volume.
Sub_Bar was a 2022 finalist in the European Investment Bank Institute’s Social Innovation Tournament, which recognises start-ups that are making a positive impact socially, ethically, or environmentally. Since Eufonia’s team doesn’t come from a business background, they particularly appreciated the practical support they received.
Sub Bar events around Europe
In addition to creating a catalogue of music based on sub-frequencies, Eufonia is developing the conditions for this new kind of music to emerge. Sub_Bar projects include artist management, publishing and overseeing copyrights, educational tools, playlists for rent, and dedicated events.
In late 2021, Eufonia created its first Sub_Bar event in Berlin. Since then, events have taken place in Lisbon, Leipzig, Reggio Emilia, and Porto.