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Anna Troisi

Experimental Electroacoustic Musician, Artist, Programmer.

Bio

updated December 2014

Anna is an experimental electronic musician, improviser, and composer. Instruments builder and programmer for performance. She joined Bournemouth University in 2013. Dr. Anna Troisi has a background in computer science (MA Computer Science, University of Bologna 2003). In 2009 she achieved a PHD in Nanotechnology, University of Salento where she worked on proteins clustering algorithms. She worked ICCMR Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, (University of Plymouth 2009-2010) completing a fruitful postdoctoral position with publications (ICMC International Computer Music Conference 2011, Mit Press Journal, Leonardo 2013) and performances (Lepton Photon Conference, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory – San Francisco 2013, Columbia University – New York City 2011). In 2013 she worked as research associate in multimedia programming for an AHRC-funded project directed by Professor Simon Goldhill (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. A result of this collaboration is an installation titled “talk to me” that was exhibited at the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (Marseille 2013), EMUfest (Rome 2013) and “distanze” Community Festival of Sound Arts (various location 2014). She is currently Lecturer in Digital Media Design at Bournemouth University and member of Emerge (Experimental Media Research Group).

Research

ELECTROSHOP: SOUNDING SCULPTURES FOR THE AUGMENTATION OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IN LIVE ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC"

This paper explores the authors’ aesthetic vision and approach in devising new interfaces for live electronic music that involves sounding sculptures and original Max/MSP software. The Electroshop ensemble is presented, focusing on its sounding sculptures which are instrumental sound-based artworks comprising both mechanical and non-mechanical gesture. The position adopted in this research is that new musical interfaces demand new musical contexts, and vice-versa. The use of new interfaces reflects the aim of creating a unique work of art where fine arts, sound, programming, interaction paradigms between performers, composition and performance create an intermedial experience.

 

DIGITAL BRIDGES: "HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN YOUR PASSWORD?"

An AHRC-funded project directed by Professor Simon Goldhill (CRASSH) with Dr Jenna Ng (CRASSH) as the project leader. The project, Digital Bridges, grows out of interconnections between The Screen Media Group and the Eastern European Memory Group and out of the recognition that Cambridge has over many years been at the forefront of producing great writers, actors and directors for the theatre even in the absence of a theatre studies program.

talk to me

This project thus explores bridges between the academic world of digital humanities and the role of the digital in theatre. For this strand of the project, the wish is to develop an interactive multimedia online installation about a cyborg character in Stacey's Gregg's play, *Override*. This installation function as a transmedial (reaching across the theatre to the web) extension of the play's themes on human augmentation and post-humanism and a further exploration of the character.

 

ENHANCED MUSIC INTERACTIVE PLATFORM FOR INTERNET USER

The project involves a scientific/technological framework which allows humans to completely control music information. In University of Milan the LIM group coordinated by prof. Goffredo Haus has developed a multilayer representation and modelling of music information. We have worked on algorithms for the automatic recognition of music features within complex sound i.e. recognition of notes of single instrument within the stereo track of an orchestral recording, algorithms for the automatic synchronization between music scores and related audio tracks, symbolic/subsymbolic cross indexing and querying of musical contents within large multimedia archives.

 

A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT USING IN VITRO NEURAL NETWORKS (ICMC 2011)

Eduardo R. Miranda, Slawomir J Nasuto, Anna R. Troisi, Julia Downes, Antonino Chiaramonte, Matthew Spencer.

A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT USING IN VITRO NEURAL NETWORKS

This paper presents a musical instrument, which uses in vitro neuronal networks to synthesise sounds. Cultures of dissociated neurones are grown on a dish with embedded rectangular array of electrodes (MEA). Isolated neurones reconnect with one another via extensive network of synaptically connected projections to form a dense monolayer of neurones. Cultures are provided with stimulation, which influences the cultures activity, and can modify the culture’s state. The core of the sound synthesis engine of our musical instrument is a monophonic additive synthesizer using sinusoidal oscillators. We devised a method to generate frequencies, phase and amplitude values for the oscillators from the electrical activity of the neurones. It will be presented at Neuroarts Conference 10-2-2011/11-2-2011 Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth. It has been selected for ICMC 2011 (International Music Conference, University of Huddersfield)

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CLOUD CHAMBER: A PERFORMANCE INVOLVING REAL TIME TWO-WAY INTERACTION BETWEEN SUBATOMIC RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES AND VIOLINIST

Alexis Kirke, Eduardo Miranda, Antonino Chiaramonte, Anna R. Troisi, Jeff Radtke, Nicholas Fry, Catherine McCabe, Martyn Bull

Development of a new software system for an electroacoustic performance (Alexis Kirke and John Mathias). Radioactive material will be placed in a piece of physical apparatus onstage called a Cloud Chamber, saturated with ethanol and cooled by liquid nitrogen. The subatomic particle tracks in the radioactivity and cosmic radiation are made visible by the Cloud Chamber, and a camera above the chamber will follow the particle tracks and convert them into synthesized music which accompanies the violin.

The image from the camera is also magnified onto a screen on the stage.

ICCMR members Anna Troisi and Antonino Chiaramonte (known collectively as Electroshop) worked with Prof Eduardo Miranda to produce an advanced visual recognition to sound interface called the Cloud Catcher. The Catcher tracks subatomic particles and uses them to drive the control “knobs” on a digital sound synthesizer in real time. The software is developed using Max/MSP patch.

Article on "Wired" by Olivia Solon

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E-MOTION, ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND USE OF ICT FOR YOUNG AT RISK OF EXCLUSION

European-funded Lifelong Learning Programme

Association for Culture, Sport and Leisure (Italy) – Leading partner Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UK) Centre for Innovation and Development in Education (Romania) Barcelona Media Foundation - Pompeu Fabra University (Spain) Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (UK)

The objective of the EMOTION project is very ambitious: engaging dropouts or students at risk of dropping out back into learning with particular care of those at high risk. It was both hard and exciting for ACSI as the Lead Partner to join, to arrange and to accomplish the project. Difficulties we encountered encouraged people involved in the long work to be strongly committed to the result. Music has always had a remarkable appeal on the young; at present, it is even more interesting than in the past and it implies and encourages the knowledge and it triggers off deep and long-lasting emotions.

Pubblications

Troisi, A., Chiaramonte, A. 2014. “Sounding sculptures for the augmentation of musical experience in live electroacoustic music” accepted for presentation at CIM14, 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology 4-6 December 2014 at Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (National Institute for Music Research), in Berlin, Germany.

Troisi, A., Ng, J., Gregg, S., Chiaramonte, A. 2013. “Talk to me, a digital art web installation” , Proc. of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, Marseille, France, October 15-18, 2013, Pages 1025-1028

Kirke A., Miranda, E., Chiaramonte, A., Troisi, A., Matthias,J. , Fry, N., McCabe, C., Radtke, J., and Bull, M. 2013. “Cloud Chamber: A Performance with Real Time Two-Way Interaction between Subatomic Particles and Violinist”, MIT PRESS JOURNAL, Leonardo, February 2013, Vol. 46, No. 1 , Pages 84-85

Miranda, E., Nasuto, S., Troisi, A., Downes, J., Chiaramonte, A., Spencer, M., Hammond, M., Xydas, D., Whalley, B., Becerra, V., Warwick, K. 2011 “A musical instrument using in vitro neural networks”, ICMC International Computer Music Conference (2011) 567-570

Kirke A., Miranda, E., Chiaramonte, A., Troisi, A., Matthias,J. , Fry, N., McCabe, C., Radtke, J., and Bull, M. 2011. “Cloud Chamber: a performance involving real time two-way interaction between subatomic radioactive particles and violinist”, ICMC International Computer Music Conference (2011) 151-154

Troisi A., Miranda, E. 2009 “Elaboration of the module, definition of the programme for E-motion (Lifelong Learning Programme)”, “INTERNAL LLP 2009”

Troisi A., Aloisio, G., Rossi, I., Fariselli, P., Casadio, R.. 2008 “The Rainbow Prim Algorithm for Selecting Putative Orthologous Protein Sequences”, The Open Bioinformatics Journal 2 (2008) 60-63

 

Artistic activity

PERFORMANCES AS COMPOSER

  • 2010 Nebbia alla valle, (for sound sculptures, theremin, trumpet, bass clarinet and live electronics) al Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, University of Plymouth (UK)
  • 2009 Nebbia alla valle, (for sound sculptures, theremin, trumpet, bass clarinet and live electronics), 46th Nuova Consonanza Festival - Roma.
  • LIVE ELECTRONICS WITH LIVE VIDEO PERFORMANCE

  • 2011..::Electroshop::..ensemble performance [Antonino Chiaramonte, Live electronics and Live Video processing; Anna Troisi, Live electronics; Gaia Mattiuzzi, Voice; Francesco Cusa, Drums; Alberto Popolla, bass clarinet] - Issue Project Room, New York City, (USA).
  • 2008 Intimate Acquaintance - EME Festival 2008, Teatro Iberico, Lisboa
  • 2006 Aque by Anna Troisi and Alex Pierotti – performed 06/05/2006 for Music and Digital Art Festival (MUV), Pescaia di Santa Rosa / Firenze
  • 2006 Trans-pare - by Vincenzo Vasi, Anna Troisi, Alex Pierotti
  • 2004 Sonorazioni Festival, Timeless Perceptual Strangeness, Bologna
  • MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATIONS

  • 2013 "Have You Forgotten Your Password?" The Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK Watford Palace Theatre, UK The webinstallation is visible at the link below: http://www.annatroisi.eu/talktome.html
  • PERFORMER

  • 2011 Naked Musicians ensemble performance conduct by Elliot Sharp Brecht Forum, New York City (USA)
  • 2011 Naked Musicians ensemble performance Teatro of the Italian Academy, Columbia University, New York City (USA)
  • 2010 Etheric Bodies, Emufest 2010 - Sala Accademica del Conservatorio di S. Cecilia, Roma.
  • 2010 ..::Electroshop::..ensemble (music by A.Chiaramonte, G.Distante, E.R.Miranda, R.Paci Dalo’, C.Saldicco, A.Troisi) - Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, University of Plymouth (UK)
  • 2009 Electroshop (music by A.Chiaramonte, G.Distante, E.R.Miranda, R.Paci Dalo’, C.Saldicco, A.Troisi), 46th Nuova Consonanza Festival - Roma.
  • 2008 Carla Bozulich Italian tour
  • 2004 Phil Minton Fheral Choir, Angelica Festival, Bologna
  • 2004 “Spring Garden Music” directed by Jack Wright, No net Festival Highwire gallery 17/07/2004, Philadelphia (USA)
  • 2004 “Spring Garden Music” directed by Jack Wright, Rotunda, Philadelphia (USA)
  • 2004 Red Room – Baltimore (USA)
  • 2003 Instants Chavires, Paris
  • SOUNDTRACKS

  • 2008 Cuore di pietra by Mili Romano, Pianoro (BO)
  • 2002 Madreperla short movie by Daniela Stara and Salvatore Gervasi, critics' award 33° Festival of Iglesias 2002-2003
  • 2000 Perdersi di vista by Giandomenico Maccentelli, Bologna 2000 European Capital of Culture.
  • 2000 Vedentinonvedenti – multimedia work by Maccentelli/Sarti
  • MUSIC FOR THEATRE

  • 2000 Vedentinonvedenti by Maccentelli/Sarti
  • 1999 Majakovsky Pictures by Giovanni Sarti
  • 1999 Il requiem di Adelchi by Giovanni Sarti
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