my current project

March 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm (Uncategorized)

During the past months I’ve been working on a music application for iPhone and iPod Touch oriented to live performances and improvisations. My goal was to create something actually useful for musicians and easy to use. I won’t anticipate too much about the app by now, but it’s slowly approaching the beta testing phase. The final destination will be the iTunes store.

In the future posts, besides talking about the program (it still has no name) and its proceedings, I’ll also describe problems and solutions that I’ve found as an iPhone developer of a music application. This has been a new experience for me and I realized it wasn’t easy for many other people either. Fortunately there are some blogs out there that helped me. Now I want to pay back with my contribution.

Recently I collaborated with a friend of mine, Alessandro Fiorin Damiani (later AFD), to create two tracks using this application. They were conceived to compete in an italian contest called REW[f], open to various forms of creativity, with particular regard to experimentalisms. I was sampling, triggering, looping, mixing and processing sounds with the app, while AFD was filtering my output with a MoogerFooger and a Restyler. The first track is a “psychomelodic improvisation on the XIII and II tarots of Marseille”, featuring whistles and sounds coming from ethnic instruments and drums – two more people took part in it: Filippo Gecele and Rebecca D’andrea. The second track is “a 4.04 am analog-digital improvisation”, featuring electronic loops from AFD. In the future I’ll try to link some less experimental and more representative tracks 🙂

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my previous project

March 3, 2010 at 11:10 am (Uncategorized)

That was my master thesis called Grafiti, a Gesture Recognition mAnagement Framework for Interactive Tabletop Interfaces. After having reached a beta state, the project was suspended but I hope to have the opportunity to work again on it.

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here we go

March 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm (Uncategorized)

Gnawa is a kind of music played in some healing rituals in Morocco. It leads the listener to enter a trance state to eventually find relief.

The power of the medium can be very high if it approaches the client’s characteristics. Sounds, for example, can get in resonance with our  receptors and excite our feelings. If its interface is well designed, an electronic instrument can be considered as an extension of its user’s body.

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