Fabio Cifariello Ciardi (1960) is a composer using instruments, sounds and technologies to mine real-word data. His current interest is in the transcription of speaking-voice rhythms and inflections for solo instruments and ensambles.
He studied composition with Franco Donatoni (Accademia S.Cecilia), Tristan Murail and Philippe Manoury (IRCAM).
He has been composer in residence at EMS (Stockholm) and IMEB (Bourges).
His compositions have been awarded prizes at "Ennio Porrino 1989" (Cagliari), "L. Russolo 1992" (Varese), "MusicaNova 1993" (Praha - Czech), "ICMC Cd selection 1993" (Tokyo - Japan), "Olympia 1993" (Athens - Greek), "Spectri Sonori93" (Tulane - USA), XXV Concours Int. de Musique Electroacoustique 1998 (Bourges - France), Valentino Bucchi 1999 (Roma - Italy), Premio Nuova Musica - 39° Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale C.A.Seghizzi (Gorizia - Italy), "VideoEvento d'Arte 2000" (Torino - Italy), HK.5 Rimusicazioni Film Festival 2003 (Bolzano - Italy), AITS “Best sound in Italian motion pictures 2011” (Rome, Italy).
His music is published and recorded by Raicom, Curci, ICMA, CNI-LaFrontiera, Unesco CIME-Cultures Electroniques (Bourges, France), Mudima - Cramps Records, SiltaClassic, Edipan.
His works have been commissioned by Biennale di Venezia, Fondazione ITeatri di Reggio Emilia, Ravenna Festival, Divertimento Ensemble - Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Exnovo Ensemble, Instituts für Neue Musik di Friburgo, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Orchestra MilanoClassica, Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, Stockholm Electronic Music Studio, IMEB Bourges, Halle 14 Leipzig & ACC Gallery Weimar, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Firenze, Agon-Centro Armando Gentilicci.
He has developed algorithms for dissonance calculation, sound spatialization, financial data sonification, speech instrumental transcription and other computer-aided composition tools.
In 2021, his paper Strategies and tools for the sonification of prosodic data: a composer's perspective has won the Best Paper Award at the 26th International Conference on Auditory Display.