Agostino Di Scipio

Composer, sound artist, and scholar

Graduated in Composition and Electronic Music from the Conservatory of L’Aquila. Doctor of Research at the University Paris 8. In most of his work in computer music, chamber music, live electronics and sound installations he researches peculiar methods in sound gener­ation and transmission, often implementing “man-machine-environment” net­works of sounding interactions. Artist-in-residence of several institutions world-wide, notably including the DAAD Kunstlerprogramme (Berlin, 2004-2005). Samples of his work are available on various labels (RZ Edition, Neos Records, Chrysopeé Electronique, Wergo, Neuma, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel, etc.). With pianist Ciro Longobardi, he published a large-scale realization of J. Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano (Venice Biennale 2012, available on Stradivarius). With saxophonist and political agitator Mario Gabola he established the Upset duo, exploring recycled analog circuitry. With Dario Sanfilippo, he established the Machine Milieu project, exploring chaotic dynamics and autonomic behavior in multiagent systems. His output also includes two larger-scale chamber music theatre works, with poetry reading plus electronics: Tiresia (with poet Giuliano Mesa) and Sound & Fury. A theatre of sounds, noises and sometimes voices (based on excerpts from Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Publications entirely devoted to his work include a special issue of Contemporary Music Review (2014) and the volume Polveri sonore. Una prospettiva ecosistemica della composizione (La Camera Verde, Rome, 2013).

As a scholar and researcher, Di Scipio has extensively lectured on the history and politics of sound and music technologies, and published papers, essays and monographies on related matters - e.g. the monograph Pensare le tecnologie del suono e della musica (Editoriale Scientifica, Naples, 2013) and the more recent textbook Circuiti del tempo. Un percorso storico-critico sulla creatività musicale elettroacustica e informatica (LIM 2020). He served as full-time professor in Electroacoustic Composition at the Conservatory of Naples (2001-2013) and today holds the same position in his hometown L’Aquila. Edgard-Varèse-Professor at Technische Universität, Berlin (2007-2008), guest professor in various institutions, member of the research team Ecologies du son at Université Paris 8. Guest editor of the Journal of New Music Research for a special issue on Iannis Xenakis (2002), editor for various publications including Xenakis’ Universi del suono (Milan 2003), Gottfried Michael Koenig's Genesi e forma (Rome, 1995), Michael Eldred’s Heidegger, Holderlin & John Cage (Rome 2000).

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