2006 | Organised Sound article

Modernising musical works involving Yamaha DX-based synthesis: a case study This article written in collaboration with Jamie Bullock has been published on Organised Sound, issue no. 5 2006. We describe a new approach to performing musical works that use Yamaha DX7-based synthesis. We also present an implementation of this approach in a performance system for [...]


2006 | Integra, a novel approach to music with live electronics

Anders Beyer invited me to write an article on the Integra project for Nordic Sounds. Here it is. Read on or download the magazine issue. Integra, a novel approach to music with live electronics A desire to empower composers and performers to work with live electronics technology in a musical and user-friendly way is at [...]


2005 | ICMC 2005 Harvey paper

Modernising live electronics technology in the works of Jonathan Harvey This paper was written together with Jamie Bullock and presented at the 2005 International Computer Music Conference in Barcelona. Here follows the abstract: Many twentieth century works composed for instruments and live electronics are seldom performed due to their use of near obsolete technology. Some [...]


2004 | Lettre ouverte à Yann Orlarey

[in French] A letter I sent in November 2004 to Yann Orlarey, Scientific Director of GRAME in Lyon, France. The letter was in response to Yann’s decision not to participate in the Integra project. The text of Yann’s letter I was replying to is at the bottom of the post. * * * Cher Yann, [...]


2003 | Open letter to Paul White

Birmingham, 22 September 2003 To Paul White, Editor in Chief, Sound On Sound magazine Dear Paul, thank you for your leader column on the October 2003 issue. You have simply and beautifully put into words something we all feel when working on a music project in a technology-dependent environment, be it on a lone laptop [...]


2002 | Persistence of ritual elements

Notes for a talk I gave during Birmingham Conservatoire’s Research Days in 2002. Persistence of ritual elements in 20th century music. A composer’s view. Abstract: The ritual process in its various declinations, from tribal rites of passage to Greek tragedy, from religious ceremonies to the dynamics of social behaviour, is a powerful concept that can [...]


2001 | Fanfare interview

George Caird, Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, interviewed me for the Fanfare magazine in 2001. * * * Composer and Music Technologist, Lamberto Coccioli came to the Conservatoire in September 2000 to take up the newly created post of Head of Music Technology. George Caird spoke to him about Music Technology and his particular interest in [...]


2000 | Promozione della musica contemporanea

Il testo che segue è stato scritto nel 2000 su invito di Rossana Rummo, allora alla Direzione Generale dello Spettacolo al Ministero dei Beni Culturali. * * * Note sulla promozione della musica contemporanea in Italia 1. Considerazioni generali Parto da una considerazione banale: una persona intellettualmente curiosa ma senza una preparazione specifica acquista volentieri [...]


1997 | Carnegie Hall lecture

Notes for a talk I gave on works by Berio and Maderna. Pre-concert Lecture, The Luciano Berio – Tempo Reale Workshop Carnegie Hall, New York, October 1997 The three compositions that are going to be played tonight are of a very different nature. A new work for two soloists and orchestra, Alternatim, a short piece [...]


1996 | Critica a Teorema di Battistelli

Giorgio Battistelli – Teorema Deposito ATAC, Roma, 12 maggio 1996 Un’opera senza canto, senza voce, a parte apodittiche enunciazioni dal Cantico dei Cantici. Una scommessa difficile, anche con l’apporto prezioso della regia di Ronconi, e non completamente riuscita. La musica: amplificazione un po’ scura, forse per colpa dell’orchestrazione, così impastata. Il problema della musica, che [...]


1996 | Review of La Cetra Appesa by Corghi

Azio Corghi – La Cetra Appesa Santa Cecilia Auditorium, Rome, 24 November 1996 La Cetra Appesa by Corghi. Truly mixed feelings…I didn’t know what to say afterwards. Well, at least not to the author. The part-writing for the choir wasn’t at all exciting: very rhythmical (dull rhythms, to be honest) and harmonically too poor. Parallel [...]


1996 | London Sinfonietta a Santa Cecilia

London Sinfonietta diretta da Markus Stenz Auditorium di Santa Cecilia, Roma, 14 febbraio 1996 Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question Luca Francesconi, Plot in fiction Gyorgy Kurtag, Messages of the late Miss R.V. Trousova Steve Reich, City Life Stasera ho avuto una sensazione di vuoto: non so, forse dipendeva dal fatto che la sala era semivuota, [...]


1994 | La sfida della complessità

Presentazione di una conferenza che ho tenuto su invito di Carmelo Piccolo e dell’organizzazione Eximia Forma nell’agosto del 1994. * * * La sfida della complessità: quale ruolo oggi per la musica colta? In che modo la musica colta può interpretare la realtà, ed essere una voce autentica della nostra condizione? Attraverso la comunicazione; la [...]