Rotterdam, NL (2010) – GRRR JAMMING SQUEAK is a new public artwork by the Italian artist Paola Pivi, created for the city of Rotterdam. Located in the city’s center, Grrr Jamming Squeak is a fully functional recording studio open to anyone at any time. Admission is free. The recording studio is equipped with advanced recording technology and is managed by professional sound engineers. It is stocked with instruments, including a saxophone, synthesizer, and drum set, in sound-proof rooms that can accommodate individuals or groups. The only catch for would-be rock stars? They must record their masterpieces along with the recorded sound of animals. The animal sound recordings, made available by the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, include the squeak of a mouse, a humming bee, and a roaring tiger or bear, to name just a few. Visitors can come to the studio to play, record, improvise, mix, teach others how to play, or simply listen. Organized activities also took place at the studio, such as a monthly concert and weekly events (lectures, workshops). The studio opened was open from April 2010 — April 2011, and all the recordings made there are kept in a permanent archive. The project was sponsored by Sculpture International Rotterdam, which manages and develops the international artworks for Rotterdam and assists the city in achieving its international and cultural ambitions.