Dario Sanfilippo - LIES (topology/nodes) 2.0

Konzert von Dario Sanfilippo

am Donnerstag, 05.02.2015 um 20 Uhr im Multimediahörsaal (ELA 1) der HfMT

Eintritt: frei


This is a project for human-machine interaction improvised performance implementing complex dynamical systems based on nonlinear feedback networks. By creating a whole made up of a relatively large amount of interdependent positive and negative feedback mechanisms (or, in other words, divergences and counterbalances), it is possible to create an autonomous, dynamical and unpredictable (yet causal and non-random) music system capable of evolving through order and disorder. The notion of interaction (in its essence - mutual influence - and not as trendy terminology) becomes structural and distributed: in the low-level, every sound stream in the network affects all of the others and is in turn altered; while in the high-level, human and machine are constantly adapting to each other. As a result, sound is no more a passive material and it rather becomes an organic entity capable of shaping itself, and a non-hierarchical relationship is established between human and machine, a dialectics where one talks through the other (paraphrasing von Foerster in his formulation of the notion of interaction). On the practical aspect, improvisation is a functional mechanism used to couple the two entities, where the human’s actions are influenced by the sonic output, while the machine is affected by the performer (among other factors) who changes the variables of the processes involved in the network as well as the topology of the network itself. Technically speaking, this music system, implemented in Pure Data, consists of a set of interconnected, feedback-based and non-standard synthesis/processing units: recursive asynchronous granular synthesis; nested FM; inter-modulation distortion with feedback; iterated single side-band modulation; recursive nonlinear distortion; self-oscillating FDN-based reverbs; cascade comb filters; cyclic buffer-based and self-regulating playback speed feedback sampler.



Dario Sanfilippo was born in Agrigento, Italy, in 1983, grew up in Campobello di Licata, and is currently based in Vienna. He is a freelance composer, performer, sound artist and theorist whose research is focused on the study and exploration of complex dynamical feedback systems and their application in non-conventional sound synthesis and processing techniques, improvised human-machine interaction performances, and autonomous sound installations. His works and research have been presented in international festivals and contemporary music events such as AudioArt Festival, Curva Minore Festival, Acoustic Fields Festival, AudioVisiva Festival, Quiet Cue concert series, Live!iXem Festival, Logos Foundation series, as well as universities and centres like Naples’ L’Orientale University, Music and Performing Arts University of Vienna, University of Graz (IEM), Bangor University, Queen Mary University of London, Goldsmiths University, Institute of Sonology. His works and research have been selected for international conferences like International Computer Music Conference 2012, Sound and Music Computing 2011, Digital Music Research Network 2011, Colloquium of Musical Informatics 2010 and 2012, INTER/actions Symposium 2012, and they have been published by record labels such as Creative Sources, Die Schachtel and Idroscalo, and journals like Computer Music Journal (MIT Press). In the course of the years, he has collaborated with artists such as Agostino Di Scipio, Tim Hodgkinson, Thomas Lehn, Cat Hope, Peter Kutin, Andrea Valle, Birgit Ulher, SEC_, Chris Galarreta, Visa Kuoppala. He attained a Bachelor in Music and New Technologies from the Conservatory of Trapani, and a Master’s Degree in Music and New Technologies from the Conservatory of Naples where he studied with Agostino Di Scipio.



Autor: Goran Lazarevic

Datum: 04.01.2015