Alessandro Cipriani

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ALESSANDRO CIPRIANI
Born in Tivoli (Rome), 1959

Cipriani completed his studies in music composition and electroacoustic music at the Conservatorio S.Cecilia in Rome with G.Bizzi and G.Piazza. He studied for a time with Barry Truax in Vancouver (Canada).

Since 1989 he has worked on intermedia pieces and audio-video multichannel and interactive installations, often in collaboration with visual artist Alba D’Urbano and director Giulio Latini, on pieces for instruments and electronics and electroacoustic pieces with traditional religious singers.
He has composed soundtracks for creative film-documentaries and silent movies, integrating an advanced concept of fusion between dialogue, sound environment and music, including the soundtrack (in collaboration with Edison Studio composers) of “Inferno” (1911), “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1919), the expressionist masterpiece by Robert Wiene and “Battleship Potemkin” by Ejzenstejn. All three have been published in surround sound DVD by Cineteca di Bologna. Other soundtracks with Edison Studio are “The Last Days of Pompeii” (1913), , and “Blackmail” by Alfred Hitchcock, . He has also co-written (with Luigi Ceccarelli) the soundtrack for the 3D movie by Michel Comte “The Girl from Nagasaki”, the musical operas “Faust” and “Turandot” with National Beijing Opera Theatre, and two dance works by Robyn Orlin, performed at Venice Biennale Dance and Theatre de La Ville in Paris.

His works have received honors and have been selected for performance at Synthèse Bourges, Government of Canada Award, International Computer Music Conference 94, 95, 99, 2002, 2003, 2008,  CalArts/RedCat Festival – Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, Venice Biennale, Opera Theater Leipzig, (Germany) International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Musica Nova (Praha), Newcomp (U.S.A.), Inventionen (Berlin – Germany), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Ravenna Festival, Engine 27 (New York), Festival d’Automne (Paris) etc.
He has been tenured professor of electroacoustic music at the Conservatory of Catania (Ist. Mus. V. Bellini) from 1995 to 2003 and at the Conservatory of Frosinone (Rome) since November 2003. A compilation of electroacoustic pieces by his students from Sicily has been published on Electronic Music Foundation label (New York).

He has taught and lectured about his music and his theory of ‘electroacoustic tradition’ at several Academies (Sibelius Academy – Helsinki, Accademia S.Cecilia- Rome etc.) and Universities in Europe, Canada and the U.S. (Simon Fraser University – Burnaby B.C., Californian Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles), University of Rome “Tor Vergata, University of California – Santa Barbara, Univ. of Catania,  MedienKunst Dept. of Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, DMU University, Leicester etc.).

He has published analytical and theoretical papers in several journals (Organised Sound, Musica/Realtà, etc.) and has published the textbooks “Virtual Sound” and “Electronic Music and Sound Design” (written in collaboration with M.Giri and R.Bianchini) and adopted for computer music courses in various Universities and Conservatories in Europe, South and North America.

His CD “Il Pensiero Magmatico” in collaboration with Stefano Taglietti is available on Edipan label. Other pieces can be found in the International Computer Music Conference ’95 and ICMC’99 CDs. A monographic CD, “Al Nur”, including all his works with oral tradition musicians and his trilogy on religious chant, was released on CNI Compagnia Nuove Indye. Computer Music Journal (M.I.T. Press) selected one of his multi-channel pieces  (in surround 5.1) to be included in the annual DVD in 2003, released on CMJ 27 (4). A piece written for Iranian percussionist Mahammad Ghavi Helm  has been published on CNI-RAI Trade label. A 5.1 piece on DVD has been released on Everglade Records (USA) and an acousmatic piece on XXI Musicale – Elettronica Italiana Vol.2.

His music has been broadcast by RAI, CBC and several other national radio networks as well as performed at festivals in Europe, China, South-America, Canada, and the U.S.A. He is one of the founding members of Edison Studio in Rome. He is also member of the Editorial Board of the review Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press). For this review he has been guest editor of a special issue dedicated to the relationship between electroacoustic music and Local/Global culture with articles by Trevor Wishart, Barry Truax etc.

Works

News

TURANDOT: THE TOUR

Premiere: Asian Premiere – 21 December 2018, Beijing (Cina), Tsinghua University, Meng Minwei Concert Hall European Premiere – 10 January 2019, Bolzano, Teatro Stabile di … Continue »

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  • Collective Composition: the Case of Edison Studio

    Papers

    Cipriani A., Cifariello Ciardi F., Ceccarelli L., Cardi M., 2004 “Collective Composition: the Case of Edison Studio” in Organised Sound 9/3 Cambridge University Press   This article … Continue »

    2004

  • Il Suono Digitale per il Cinema: da Leacock a Dogma 95

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 2003. “Il Suono Digitale per il Cinema: da Leacock a Dogma 95” in Close Up anno 7 n.14 2003 Revolver Bologna

    2003

  • AL NUR (La Luce)

    DVD

    Al Nur 
(La Luce) Islamic Chant (Tape – surround 5.1) Performers: Nour-Eddine Fatty, Mohsen Kasirossafar in “Computer Music Journal
Sound and Video Anthology DVD 2003” (M.I.T. Press) 
CMJ … Continue »

    2003

  • Bi Ma (Devoid of Self)

    CD

    for metal percussion, voice, daf and electronics Text: Mowlana Jalal-addin Rumi (Persia) Performer: Mahammad Ghavi Helm – Voce e percussioni: 18′ included in the CD:
 Zarbing 
La … Continue »

    2002

  • Energie Elettroniche

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 2001. “Energie Elettroniche” in QsQs anno III n.16. Roma: CNI

    2001

  • AL NUR

    CD

    Performers: Nour-Eddine Fatty, Jamal Alouassini, Chinese Virtuosi, Fan Wei Qing, Song Fei, Mohsen Kasirossafar, Giacomo Baroffio, Maurizio Verde, Benjamin Chadabe, Laure Gilbert, Letatlin CD CNDL 13172 … Continue »

    2001

  • AL NUR (La Luce)

    CD

    for islamic chant, zarb, daf and tape performers: Nour-Eddine Fatty, Mohsen Kasirossafar Duration: 17’45” included in: 
International Computer Music Conference ’99 – PRCD2000 available: cnimusic.it

    1999

  • Virtual Sound On Line

    Papers

    R.Bianchini, A.Cipriani (1999) “Virtual Sound On Line – Computer Music Courses on the Internet” in Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference. Beijing, China: International Computer … Continue »

    1999

  • Musica e Internet: arte come esperienza, arte come codice

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 1998. “Musica e Internet: arte come esperienza, arte come codice” in Aperture n.5, Roma

    1998

  • Kontakte (Elektronische Musik) di K.Stockhausen: genesi, metodi, forma

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 1998. “Kontakte (Elektronische Musik) di K.Stockhausen: genesi, metodi, forma” in Bollettino G.A.T.M. anno V, n.1 GATM Univ. Studi Bologna. Bologna: LIM

    1998

  • Tradizione orale, tradizione scritta, tradizione elettroacustica

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 1996. “Tradizione orale, tradizione scritta, tradizione elettroacustica” in Atti del II Convegno La Terra Fertile Incontro Nazionale di Musica Elettronica, pp. 58-63 – L’Aquila: … Continue »

    1996

  • Verso una tradizione elettroacustica? Appunti per una ricerca

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 1996. “Verso una tradizione elettroacustica? Appunti per una ricerca” in Musica/Realtà, pp.18-24. N°49 Marzo Lucca: LIM

    1996

  • Il Pensiero Magmatico

    CD

    Co-autore Stefano Taglietti performers: Stefano Taglietti, Alessandro Tomassetti, Coro Aureliano   PAN CD 3059 
(1996)
 EDI-PAN
Durata: 53′ www.contemponet.com

    1996

  • Problems of methodology: the analysis of Kontakte

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 1995. “Problems of methodology: the analysis of Kontakte” in Atti del XI Colloquio di Informatica Musicale, pp. 41-44 Bologna: Associazione Italiana Musica Informatica AIMI

    1995

  • Towards an electroacoustic tradition?

    Papers

    Cipriani A. 1995. “Towards an electroacoustic tradition?” in Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, pp. 5-8. Banff, Canada: International Computer Music Association

    1995

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