Some news after quite a long time.

Well, it’s just easy as that, I’m not an active poster, no matter if it’s Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter. Let me quickly summarise a few nice things that happened or that will happen soon.

I had a great summer in my hometown, Campobello di Licata, where I could spend 3 weeks with my family. My brother has a lovely little daughter and a wonderful boy. We just loved going to the sea all together and then cooking food at home or going to some trattoria or the like. Food-wise, one of the most amazing things of this year was definitely the goat cheese produced in my hometown from this small dairy: http://www.aziendamontalbo.it/ As I said some other time, think of the art of goat cheese reaching excellence. No jokes… They also make cheese out of goat milk kefir. Impressive!

So my last days in Sicily were in Palermo, where I could meet my friend Chris Galarreta who happened to pass by there. Three more great days with him at my friend’s (Gandolfo Pagano) place where we also had a cool trio session during an amazing thunderstorm. After that, which was about the last week of August, I had to come back to Naples to work on a sound installation to be presented at the festival Flussi in Avellino. I take a chance to say thanks again to my friend Mimmo (SEC_) who wanted to invite to the festival, as he curated part of the experimental music program. The whole festival was another lovely experience. There were experimental concerts from late afternoon until around 10pm, so we all started hanging out in the place in early afternoon as the concert space was a beautiful garden with an olive tree in the middle of it. Sunny days and great performances out of an amazing d&b sound system, and also great nights on the terrace of the theatre where the second part of the festival, the more beat-oriented one, took place. Dancing and again a lot of great people to stay with.

So the festival got to its end after five days and it was already September. This has been an extremely and positively intense month so far. One of the last cool things that happened was the Weird B(a/u)rn Dance, a 2-day concerts in the countryside all surrounded by a bucolic yet surrealistic situation. It was amazing. 

Now it’s mostly about working on the last two exams I will have in late October and then I will have my Master dissertation on February/March. These 2 years in Naples have passed as quickly as they were intense. I had a chance to know people which are now some of my dearest friends and, at the same time, some awesome musicians I luckily had a chance to collaborate with. As of my decision, two years ago, to come here to do my Master with Agostino Di Scipio, I’m extremely happy of that too. In these two years I have learnt so many extremely interesting things and I have developed many new idea for my works based on that acquired knowledge. Having classes with him you can really experience how different topics ranging from mathematics and physics to psychoacoustics and creative practices can actually be interrelated and can co-determine themselves. So a huge thanks also goes to my professor Agostino, that I feel I can refer to as a friend now.

Check out the Events page for some updates on my next concerts/lectures/workshops. Just to name a few things: concert at the EarZoom festival in Lj next 15th of Oct, and then in November duos with tim Hodgkinson in London, workshop at STEIM, lecture at Sonology in The Hague and a few more things.

By the way, check out my new article on Interference Journal too!

upcoming events and publications

Here are some news about events in May and publications expected to be ready in the next weeks/months.

I hope to see you around!

  • May events
14.May.2013: Lecture and solo concert in Graz at IEM - Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics. http://iem.kug.ac.at/en/events.html
15.May.2013 (morning): Lecture in Vienna at University of Music and Performing Arts. http://www.mdw.ac.at/
15.May.2013 (evening): Solo performance in Vienna at Rhiz. http://rhiz.org/
18.May.2013: Group improvisation in Vienna at Amann Studios. http://www.amannstudios.com/
20.May.2013: Workshop in Berlin at NK. http://www.nkprojekt.de/complex-dynamical-sonic-systems-based-on-nonlinear-feedback-networks/
21.May.2013: Solo concert in Berlin at Galerie Mario Mazzoli. http://www.galeriemazzoli.com/english/news.htm
23.May.2013: Solo concert in Ghent at Logos Foundation. http://www.logosfoundation.org/concerts/concerts.html#dario
25.May.2013: Solo and duo with Christian Galarreta in The Hague at VillaK. http://www.stichtingcentrum.org/about

  • Future publications
The Enterico Trio album (with Tim Hodgkinson and Gandolfo Pagano) is ready and will be released on the Die Schachtel label. It is a 6-tracks, ~40 minutes album of non-edited extracts from improvised recording sessions we had in Palermo between the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. http://www.dieschachtel.com/
Feedback Systems: an Analytical Framework - a revised and expanded version of the International Computer Music Conference paper (Best Paper Award winner), co-written with Andrea Valle, will be published as an article on Computer Music Journal (CMJ 37:2 - Summer 2013). http://www.mitpressjournals.org/cmj
Turning Perturbation into Emergent Sound, and Sound into Perturbation - an article where I discuss some of my works as well as conceptual and technical aspects of the creative practice implementing complex musical feedback systems. To be published on Interference Journal. http://www.interferencejournal.com/
Osservare la Macchina Performante e Intonare l’Ambiente: Microphone di David Tudor - an analysis of David Tudor’s piece, Microphone,to be published on the italian review Le Arti del Suono. http://leartidelsuono.altervista.org/
Recursive asynchronous granular synthesis

These days I’ve been working on something I first proposed a year ago for an exam at the conservatory. It’s about achieving asynchronous granular synthesis by means of recursive processes, instead of random/stochastic ones. Consider a basic design for a granulator. You have a pointer going through the indexing of a buffer, and readers playing back grains from the area of the buffer indexed by the pointer. Some of the parameters you can work with are the grain window (spectral spread), pointer’s speed (time stretching), readers’ speed (pitch shifting), and the time interval between grains (horizontal and vertical density, if overlap takes place). In my implementation, I have experimented by mapping such parameters to the characteristics of the output sound itself, thus creating a control feedback. Namely, in my first tests I have injected perturbation by mapping the RMS output over the index of the buffer, and adding that value to the current readers’ position each time a grain is played back. It is interesting because it is possible to establish different relations between sound and perturbation, thus realising positive and/or negative feedback. For example, if the RMS is proportional to the readers’ position shift, the greater the RMS, the greater the shift, resulting in a behaviour where the louder the sound is, the more the next grains will be “escaping” from the loud area of the buffer and eventually focus in areas with less intensity. Of course the other parameters can be mapped in a similar way, and it is also possible to use other characteristics of the sound related to the parameters of the granulator: centroid-pitch shift; RMS-interval between grains; spectral noisiness-grain size; etc…

Almost back from the countryside

I’ve been spending more than 3 weeks in my hometown now, in Sicily, and it has been a very nice time with my family. My brother has a lovely 12 years old boy and a gorgeous little girl was born about two months ago. My mom, inevitably, made me gain a few more kilograms, and it’s gonna be easier to face winter. Besides this, I’ve spent most of the free time in working on the recording sessions I had with the Enterico Trio (with Mr(s). Hodgkinson and Pagano), and with my friend Mimmo (SEC_). I’m very happy of how both works are coming out, and I look forward to see them published: the former should be out on Milan based Die Schachtel, while the latter is still looking for a label, but I’m confident it will find one soon. Heading up to Palermo tomorrow where I will meet my friend Gandolfo to work on the last details of the Enterico album, then back to Naples, a city I’ve been missing a lot now.

recursive nonlinear distortion

These days I have implemented a kind of nonlinear distortion for a feedback system where the transfer function is the output signal itself. Thus we have feedback in the audio domain, as the output feeds back into the input through microphones, as well as in the control domain, as the shaping function is cyclicly updated with the transfered signal. Some highly dynamical and interesting results have been achieved, and this, together with some other minor modifications in the patches led to the 1.1 version of the LIES (distance/incidence) work, which will be performed at Ferro3, Scafati (SA) next Sat, along with a solo by Chris Galarreta and then our duo improvisation. 

A year in Naples

It’s been a year now since I started my master’s degree in electronic music with Agostino Di Scipio at the Conservatory of Naples. I’m so happy for both the city I’m living in and the things I’m studying. Agostino, as I had no doubt even before starting this course, is an amazing theorist/composer/sound artist, and also a great teacher I can now say. In this year I’ve learnt so many interesting and inspiring things, and our classes are always fruitful discussions to better know other’s and one’s self work. Moreover, I was lucky enough to share the house with my friend Fabrizio, and to know other people who became my friends with which very nice music collaborations are developing.

SD/OS (self-motion) will be running until 1st of June at Le Forme del Suono festival, Conservatory of Latina.
Description:
circular feedback network with two interacting loops, one with piezo and monitors, the other with mics and monitors. Both loops have the longest paths, i.e. in1-out2-in2-out3-in3-out1-in1, resulting in longer feedback delays, thus smoother dynamics. The loop with piezo operates at the minimum possible, while the loop with mics is just below feedback. Piezos, placed on the woofer, will produce sounds which will move themselves, and sound will be in turn affected. The changing sounds can either trigger or suppress the Larsen, while Larsen can dampen, suppress or reinforce the piezos, creating a contrast/support relationship between the two loops.

SD/OS (self-motion) will be running until 1st of June at Le Forme del Suono festival, Conservatory of Latina.

Description:

circular feedback network with two interacting loops, one with piezo and monitors, the other with mics and monitors. Both loops have the longest paths, i.e. in1-out2-in2-out3-in3-out1-in1, resulting in longer feedback delays, thus smoother dynamics. The loop with piezo operates at the minimum possible, while the loop with mics is just below feedback. Piezos, placed on the woofer, will produce sounds which will move themselves, and sound will be in turn affected. The changing sounds can either trigger or suppress the Larsen, while Larsen can dampen, suppress or reinforce the piezos, creating a contrast/support relationship between the two loops.

On Friday 4th of May I had the premier of LIES (distance/incidence) at the Conservatory of Naples. Unlike the LIES (inner variables) performance where the possible behaviours of the system are explored by modifying the internal system variables, in this new approach the behaviours are explored using microphones. Namely, the system has fixed internal variables and is configured so that different sound generators (negative feedback sub-networks with coefficients < 1, thus where no self-oscillation takes place) operate when positive acoustic feedback (Larsen) is established and have different sensitivities to the intensity and components of sound. This way the system is explored by the performer who moves in the environment and varies the distance between microphones and loudspeakers and the angle of incidence of sound.

On Friday 4th of May I had the premier of LIES (distance/incidence) at the Conservatory of Naples. Unlike the LIES (inner variables) performance where the possible behaviours of the system are explored by modifying the internal system variables, in this new approach the behaviours are explored using microphones. Namely, the system has fixed internal variables and is configured so that different sound generators (negative feedback sub-networks with coefficients < 1, thus where no self-oscillation takes place) operate when positive acoustic feedback (Larsen) is established and have different sensitivities to the intensity and components of sound. This way the system is explored by the performer who moves in the environment and varies the distance between microphones and loudspeakers and the angle of incidence of sound.

My sound installation running at Bangor Uni in a nice sounding ATC sound system. My paper presentation went also good and quite some nice people to hang out with. And Bangor is so lovely!

My sound installation running at Bangor Uni in a nice sounding ATC sound system. My paper presentation went also good and quite some nice people to hang out with. And Bangor is so lovely!

Me and Simone Pappalardo have collaborated in a sound installation for Altera festival where we put together his research on electro-magnetic fields and my feedback systems.

Me and Simone Pappalardo have collaborated in a sound installation for Altera festival where we put together his research on electro-magnetic fields and my feedback systems.

The Institute for the Very Very Nervous had the pleasure to play with Thomas Lehn in Palermo at Goethe Institut. We performed Cage&#8217;s Sculptures Musicales and an improvisation we really enjoyed, and we&#8217;ve also had a great time together.

The Institute for the Very Very Nervous had the pleasure to play with Thomas Lehn in Palermo at Goethe Institut. We performed Cage’s Sculptures Musicales and an improvisation we really enjoyed, and we’ve also had a great time together.