Music is born out of silence. And silence can stem from a discarded tyre, after years spent squealing on tarmac. The project for the acoustic improvement of Parma’s Toscanini Auditorium, carried out thanks to Ecopneus, Italy’s non-profit company for the management of end-of-life tyres (ELTs), almost seems like a Zen parable on the cycle (and recycle) of life. Inaugurated in summer 2018, and designed by Studio A+C Archiettura e Città with acoustic consulting by Genesis, the project mainly involved Sala Gavazzeni, the largest practice room of the “Arturo Toscanini” Centre of Music Production. This venue – a 400 m2 and 5-metre-high area – was soundproofed by adding 960 m2 of sound-absorbing panels containing over 3,300 kg of ELT-recycled rubber. “Music – explains Maestro...