Sunday, June 01, 2008

Inventions 2008: Music for more than one speaker

Agostino Di Scipio


Ökosystemische Klanginstallation in 2 freien oder ausgeräumten Zimmern

This work implements a chain of recursive processes leaning on the acoustics of the host space. A web of purely sonic interaction is established, mediated by the room acoustics. A unique sonic narrative is outlined: (1) a "production plant" exploits the room as a kind of energy reservoire out of which raw sound materials are carved; this is accomplished with very low-frequency acoustical feedback making some thing in the room tremble or buzz; (2) this raw material is then "optimised" and "packaged" (computer-processed), and finally delivered to a "consume" system (loudspeaker system); the "wastes" of sound in the room (resonances in peculiar spots in the room, where no human ears can stand) are in turn collected and "recycled" in the production plant.

Agostino Di Scipio (Naples 1962), composer, sound artist and theorist. His works often explore non-conventional approaches on the generation and trasmission of sound, and recently have involved dynamical networks of live sonic interactions between performers, machines, and environments. Some samples of his work are in his monograph CD "Hörbare Ökosysteme. Live-elektronische Kompositionen" (RZ Edition). Di Scipio works primarily in his own studio (L'Aquila, Italy), but occasionally has pursued his efforts as visiting composer in various institutions (Simon Fraser Univ. Vancouver, 1993; ZKM Karlsruhe, 2006; IMEB Bourges, 2003 and 2005). Artist-in-residence of the DAAD Berlin (2004-05). Electronic Music professor at the Music Conservatory of Naples, guest professor at CCMIX (Paris, 2001-2007). He lectured at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Johannes-Gutenberg Universität (Mainz) and elsewhere. In Winter 2007-08 he served as Edgard-Varese-Professor at TU Berlin. Author of essays and articles in the analysis and critical theory of music technologies. Editor of many publications, including the Italian translation of books such as "Heidegger, Hölderlin & John Cage" by M.Eldred (Semar, 2000) and "Universi del suono" by Iannis Xenakis (LIM/Ricordi, 2003). Materials and more info.


Concerts and sound installations / 60 years Musique Concrète / 50 years GRM Paris / International conference SMC08

23rd July - 3rd August 2008 - Berlin

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