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SkinAct - An augmented percussion instrument



SkinAct - An augmented percussion instrument

Shanghai International Elctronic Music Week

The workshop presents the new augmented percussion instruments SkinActs conceived by the composer and realized at Centro Ricerche Musicali – CRM, Rome. In the workshop the following issues are shown and discussed: electronic technologies, mechanical characteristics of the instrument, composing techniques and score symbols, sound generation and control techniques, performing criteria. The presentation includes the description of the electro-mechanic feedback principle, which allows the performer to interact with the instrument, the modes through which is possible to obtain sounds of infinite duration, timbres and pitches variations. The workshop lasts about 2 hours and includes recorded and live examples of performance and excerpts of the work “Coup au vent” by Michelangelo Lupone, a commission of the EMW Festival, that will be premiered on October 22nd at Shanghai Symphony Hall – Chamber Hall (h 19:30). 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. Philippe Spiesser (Percussionist) From 2012, Philippe Spiesser is in residence to CRM in Roma (Centro Ricerche Musicali Roma) where he participates to research about new acoustic instruments augmented by electronics, and specially with Feed drum and SkinAct created by Michelangelo Lupone. SkinAct: SkinAct is an augmented percussion instrument. It is composed of a 20 centimetres high on which a 40 inches membrane is set, for a total diameter of 106 centimetres. A sensor and a vibrational actuator are placed on the membrane. A 21 circles and 13 diameters map, designed on the membrane surface, put in evidence the vibrational nodes which allow the selection of the partial instrument frequencies. SkinAct represents a progress in the study of the vibrational characteristics already observed in the augmented instrument Feed-Drum (Lupone, 2002) and makes its interactive character evolve considerably. The SkinAct has a vibrational detector and an actuator placed in feed-back condition through the membrane. This characteristic allows choosing different tuning modes (with a fundamental frequency between 30 and 45 Hz) maintaining a wide range selection of partial frequencies. These ones are selected imposing vibrational nodes connecting the circles and the diameters of the map. The skin characteristics have been accurately studied and chosen also to allow the dynamic projection of light in relation with the performer’s gesture. The SkinAct is anchored to a mechanical system which permits its use in both vertical and horizontal position, at variable heights. The SkinAct, like the Feed-Drum, allows the insertion of dynamic controls for sensor and actuator, with algorithms specifically implemented on Mac and PC platforms. Designed by composer Michelangelo Lupone for his composition “Spazio curvo” (curved space), it was produced by Centro Ricerche Musicali – CRM of Rome in 2011, and was presented for the first time in May 2012 at HEM – Haute Ecole de Musique, Geneva. 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: Mer 21 Ott 2015

Orario: Dalle 09:30 alle 11:00

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

In collaborazione con : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Shanghai


Room 704, Library Building, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, N. 20 Fenyang Road, Shanghai