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Agostino di Scipio



E-Mail: discipioATtin.it
Telefon: +49 30 - 314 22327
Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung
Raum: EN 323

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Agostino di Scipio is a composer of a variety of sound works, including electroacoustic music, sound installations and music scored for instrumentalists (soloists or ensembles) with live electronics. Many of his compositions develop from unconventional sound synthesis/processing methods inspired to phenomena of noise and turbulence. In recent years, he has been focussing on the "man-machine-environment" feedback loop (e.g.the live-electronics solo works Audible Ecosystemics). He works primarily in his own small studio, in L'Aquila, and occasionally exploits the larger studio facilitites connected to residency programs he is invited to join.

Artistic activity

Despite its uncompromising and independent approach on sound, technology and composing, Di Scipio's work gained international attention. An overview of his work is presented in a lengthy interview recently appeared in the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press). Di Scipio's works have been presented both in academic venues (e.g. Wienersalle Salzburg, KonzertHaus Berlin, KonzertHaus Wien) and more experimental circles (Podewil/Tesla, Berlin; Dissonanzen, Naples; Independent Media Center, Champaign/Urbana, Illinois; Linux Audio Conference, ZKM Karlsruhe and TU Berlin; MUHKA Antwerpen), and have been featured in several international festivals - the Warsaw Autumn, Inventionen (Berlin), Ultraschall (Berlin), Synthése (Bourges), SMC (Lausanne), the Int'l Computer Music Conference (Banff, Berlin, Thessaloniki, etc.), League of Composers (New York), Transit Festival (Leuven), Musica Viva (Coimbra and Oeiras, Portugal), Çagdas Müzigin Ustalari (Istanbul), Int'l World Music Days (Stuttgart), Int'l Society of Electronic Arts (Montreal), Ars Musica (Brussels), MusikTriennale (Köln), Archipel (Geneva), ElektroKomplex (Wien), etc.

Monograph concerts have taken place at the 6th Jornadas Internacionales de Musica Electroacustica (Cordoba, Argentina, 1997), Nuova Consonanza (Rome, 2003), Conservatorio di Venezia (2005), Logos Foundation (Ghent, 2005), Inventionen (Berlin, 2005), University of East Anglia (Norwich, 2006), Musikhochschule Freiburg (2006), Dissonanzen (Napoli, 2007).

Recent commissions came from the festival Harmoniques (Lausanne), the IMEB (Bourges), Cemat (Rome), DAAD (Berlin), ZKM (Karlsruhe), as well as by performers and sound galleries. He's currently working on an installation called "Stanze", commissioned by New York-based sound gallerist Mario Mazzoli.

Larger scale works include Sound & Fury (2 actors, 2 percussionists, electronics, slide projection), staged first in Evora (Portugal, 2000) and then in Venezia (2002); and Tiresia, composed together with poet Giuliano Mesa, first presented in L'Aquila (2001) and later in Rome (2003) and Berlin (2005).


Two CDs have recently been issued, Hörbare Ökosysteme. Live-elektronische Kompositionen (RZ Edition) and Paysages Historiques (Chrisopee Electronique). Other recordings of his works have appeared on CD and DVD anthologies issued by Neuma Rec. (USA), NoteWork (Köln), ORF-Ars Electronica (Linz), Capstone Records (New York), ICMC (Berlin/ICMA 2000, Barcelona/ICMA 2005), Bug Records (Melbourne), the 2002 and 2005 Computer Music Journal Sound Anthologies (MIT Press), Cavalli Records, and 12th Root (Toronto).


Di Scipio's writings in part reflect his experience as a composer, but are largely devoted to more general issues concerning the methods and the history of musical technologies, also in conjunction with broader socio-cultural and cognitive implications. Research papers and musicological essays appeared in numerous conference proceedings and international journals such as Journal of New Music Research, Computer Music Journal, Contemporary Music Review, Leonardo, Perspectives of New Music, Organised Sound, Positionen, and many others. Italian journals featuring his writings include Rivista Italiana di Musicologia, Musica/Realtà, Il Saggiatore Musicale, Sonus, and others. Di Scipio contributed to edited volumes such as Electroacoustic Music Analytical Perspectives (Greenwood Press), Per Giacomo Manzoni (LIM/Ricordi), Musica e tecnologia domani (LIM/Ricordi), and authored essays published in journals devoted to cultural studies, such as Angelaki - Journal of theoretical humanities (Carfax Publishing), and La Revue d'Esthetique (Paris). He served as editor for the Italian translation of volumes such as Gottfried M. Koenig's Genesi e forma. Nascita e genesi dell'estetica musicale elettronica (Semar, 1995), Michael Eldred's Heidegger, Hölderlin & John Cage (Semar, 2000) and Iannis Xenakis' Universi del suono (LIM/Ricordi, 2003). Editor of the volume Teoria e prassi della musica nell'era dell'informatica (G.Laterza, 1995). In 2004 he was guest editor of the Journal of New Music Research for a monograph issue on Xenakis.


A list of compositions, a list of published papers and other materials are
available at http://xoomer.virgilio.it/adiscipi/.

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