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Adaptive Music and Augmented Instruments



Adaptive Music and Augmented Instruments

Shanghai International Electronic Music Week

The lecture by MICHELANGELO LUPONE presents the analysis of some musical works, art installations and augmented music instruments created by Michelangelo Lupone. In particular the composer will examine the criteria of “adaptivity” and “evolution” of the work during time and the musical technologies realized at CRM - Centro Ricerche Musicali of Rome. The instruments Feed-Drum, SkinAct, Windback are analyzed through the musical compositions Gran Cassa, Coup au vent and In sordina, respectively for percussion and wind augmented instruments. It will also present and analyze the permanent adaptive music installations Gioco delle risonanze (Pompei Escavations), Forme immateriali (National gallery of modern and contemporary art of Rome) and the sculptural and environmental works produced in collaboration with visual artists and architects. The lecture includes several audio-visual examples related to the works and to the augmented instruments. Organized by Conservatory of Music Shanghai, GRAME Lyon & Centro Ricerche Musicali, Roma With the collaboration of Italian Institute of Culture, Shanghai Michelangelo Lupone (Composer) His activity is characterized by the inter-disciplinary approach pointing at an artistic research of integrated forms of art, combining the innovations of the musical language with the scientific way of thinking. He writes music for solo, ensemble, orchestra with electronics. To create new works, he has conceived innovative digital systems for real time performances Fly10 (1983) and Fly30 (1989), as well as “augmented” musical instruments ( Feed-Drum, SkinAct, Wind-Back). The collaboration with artists of the visual and choreographers as Momo, Pistoletto, Uecker, Moricone, Galizia, Paladino, has traced an artistic path more and more aimed at an integrated use of the listening environment which has given birth to great temporary and permanent musical installations based on invented technologies: Sonorous pipes, Planephones, Holophones, Reflecting screens. He received awards from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, from the Japan Foundation, from MIUR and the French Ministry of Culture; he has also had special consulting commissions from Texas Instruments and Centro Ricerche Fiat as well as from leading music institutions (including Tanzhaus Dusseldorf, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Regio Parma, Kyoto Philarmonic Orchestra, INA-GRM, Festival Aujourd’hui Musique, GRAME). In 2004 he received a commission from the Superintendence of the Archaeological Heritage of Pompei to realize an interactive (permanent) art sound installation in the excavations of the Grand Gymnasium and in 2014 he received a commission from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna of Rome to realize an interactive-adaptive (permanent) music installation for the fountains of the Museum. Co-founder of CRM - Centro Ricerche Musicali of Rome – he is a teacher and director of the Electronic Music Department at S. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. Centro Ricerche Musicali – CRM A non-profit cultural centre, CRM was founded at Rome in 1988 by composers Laura Bianchini and Michelangelo Lupone with a group of musicians and researchers for the purpose of promoting research into the aesthetic, analytical, musicological and scientific aspects of music. In 1990 CRM was officially recognized as a “Music Research Centre” by the Ministry for University Education and Scientific & Technological Research and subsequently, in 1993, by the Japan Foundation. The work of CRM is also formative and didactic, involving a staff of musicians and scholars in an activity of theoretical and applied research carried out in collaboration with Italian and foreign research centres, ensembles and music and scientific institutions (conservatories, universities). The CRM, in its activity (music production, concerts, research) designs and developes specific hardware devices, experiments composition systems and algorithms that allow a constant interaction between the musical language, the scientific thought and technological resources Complex digital systems have been realized by the CRM laboratories, for sound synthesis and processing in real time (“expert” computers); for musical composition; for the design of listening spaces (Planephones®, Holophones, Resonators and Sound Pipes, Reflecting Screen); for studying physical models finalized for the development of virtual musical instruments. Multiphonic sound diffusion systems have been designed and developed, many of which have been used by major scientific institutions, like the CRF-Fiat Research Centre, and applied in two European psychoacoustic research projects: Soqcrates, for studying the quality of sound; Obelics, for studying the effects of noise on man. In addition the systems have been utilized in the realization of important events: Gran Galà Verdi (Teatro Regio of Parma); at the Colosseum, Mercati di Traiano Museo dei Fori di Roma in collaboration with the Archeological Superintendence of Rome (2003-2015); at the first Euro-Mediterranean Conference of the Ministers of Agriculture (Venice 2003); as art sound installations for the exhibition “Masterpieces from the Forbidden City” (Museo del Corso, Rome 2007-2008), Musica in Forma (Ara Pacis Museum, Rome 2009) as well as for permanent environmental installations such as “Hidden Sources” (by Paladino/Lupone at Rizzuto Mountain in Solopaca, Italy 2007); “A City to listen to”, musical events and art sound installations at the occasion of the G8 Summit, L’Aquila 2009), “Reflections of Dolmabahçe”, art sound installation for the inauguration of the Clock Tower Lighting, Istanbul, 2009, Lima Italian Embassy, 2012; OASI (Lupone/Galizia, visual artist), adaptive music artwork commissioned by MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, 2014, “Forme immateriali” a permanent adaptive music work commissioned by Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna museum for the fountains of Cortile del Partigiano (courtyard of partisan). CRM promotes and organizes the international Festival of art, science and contemporary culture “ArteScienza”, supported by Ministry of Culture and the City of Rome, with the collaboration of International Institutions.

Entrata libera


Data: Lun 19 Ott 2015

Orario: Dalle 13:00 alle 14:00

Organizzato da : Conservatorio di Shanghai & Centro di Ricerche Musicali di Roma

In collaborazione con : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Shanghai


Small Concert Hall Shanghai Conservatory of Music No. 20,Fenyang Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China