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Anna Troisi

Experimental Electroacoustic Musician, Artist, Programmer.


updated July 2013

Experimental electronic musician, improviser, and composer. Instruments builder and programmer for performance. She has been working on sound sculptures since five years in order to unify gesture, sound and fine arts not only for installation purpose, but also for live performances. As well as music technology applications in music education, Anna’s research interests include design of new interfaces for music and data mining.

She uses electronics and amplified objects to create and compose a very personal sound experience. She has began her piano study when she was six. She has studied istantaneous composition with cellist Tristan Honsinger, Scott Rosenberg and others.

She has visited the ENSEIRB Ecole Nationale Superieure Electronique, Informatique e Radiocommunications, University of Bordeaux thanks to a grant (EU lifelong learning programme - Leonardo da Vinci). The Master thesis in computer music (University of Bologna) is titled “Approximating sine oscillators with polynomials: a new tool for computer music”.

In 2009 she has completed the PHD in Computer Science Engineering, Dept. of Nanotechnology, University of Lecce. During 2009-2010 she has worked as a post doctorate research associate at ICCMR Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, University of Plymouth (UK).

In 2011 she has collaborated to EMIPIU (Enhanced Music Interactive Platform for Internet User), under the supervision of prof. G. Haus at Informatics and Communication Department, University of Milan.

During 2013 she has been collaborated as research associate in multimedia programming within CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge) to a project called "Digital Bridges: Have you forgotten your password".

She is now associate lecturer in Creative Networked Media at the Media School, University of Bournemouth UK.

She is a Steinberg certified teacher of media technologies. Recent performances at international contemporary music festivals include: Columbia University 2011 (New York), EmuFest 2010 (Rome), Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2010 (Plymouth), 46th Nuova Consonanza Festival 2009 (Rome), Experimental Music Festival 2008 (Lisbon) and Trialogo Festival, Fondazione Pistoletto 2007 (Milan), No Net Festival 2004 (Philadelphia).



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.

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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.

I’ve created an online multimedia installation to enable theatre audiences to engage creatively with the play. During this project I had to work for complex paradigm of interaction such as a management type model where the user can communicate something to a system and the system is able to communicate something back allowing the user to carry on with a secondary task. I had to manage not only the feedback but also the significance of each action by the installation side. I’ve also working into multimedia and video editing especially into the html5 programming ambient where the interactivity between web links and video synch is possible.



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.

My contribution is the use of the standard IEEE1599 for the new multilayer music coding in order to translate the platform on a web interactive platform, contributing in the creation of a web application which uses the same algorithms for the score mapping into multilayered representation. IEEE 1599 is a new XML-based format to describe heterogeneous music contents comprehensively. In a single file, music symbols, printed scores, audio tracks, computer-driven performances, catalogue metadata, text and graphic contents related to a single music piece are linked and mutually synchronised within the same framework. Heterogeneous contents are organised in a multilayered structure that supports different encoding formats and a number of digital objects for each layer.



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


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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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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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.

The didactic pathway of EMOTION involved four EU Countries aiming to limit school drop out and to include music, its electronic elaboration with the computer as well into the didactic methodology. This was possible with the latest technologies. Three experimental programs were part of the project and involved young people aged 16 – 18. They took place in UK, Romania and Italy. Music is not only an outstanding tool to cultural and social integration; indeed, it supports discipline learning and help young people to be progressively familiar with the competences of the project elaboration.

Despite evident difficulties, the pilot projects proved how music in a precise training process and approached through informatics contributes to the development of competences and learning of subjects students are not fond of. The technical aspects, the comparative and final analysis experts coordinates by the Plymouth University (ICCMR), remarkably outlined in this context, prove that interpretation and planning based on uncommon knowledge and mechanisms can transform simple details into surprising results. (A.Viti)


1. 2013 Alexis Kirke, Eduardo Miranda, Antonino Chiaramonte, Anna R. Troisi, John Matthias, Nicholas Fry, Catherine McCabe, Jeff Radtke, and Martyn Bull “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

2. 2013 Alexis Kirke, Eduardo Miranda, Antonino Chiaramonte, Anna R. Troisi, John Matthias, Nicholas Fry, Catherine McCabe, Jeff Radtke, and Martyn Bull “Cloud Chamber: A Performance with Real Time Two-Way Interaction between Subatomic Particles and Violinist” 2013 Lepton Photon Conference - Hosted by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory June 24, 2013 - June 29, 2013 ,UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center,San Francisco, CA, USA

3. 2013 A.R.Troisi, E.Miranda “Elaboration of the module, definition of the programme for E-motion (Lifelong Learning Programme)” “INTERNAL LLP submission 2009”

4. 2011 Alexis Kirke, Eduardo Miranda, Antonino Chiaramonte, Anna R. Troisi, John Matthias, Jeff Radtke, Nicholas Fry, Catherine McCabe “Cloud Chamber: a performance involving real time two-way interaction between subatomic radioactive particles and violinist” ICMC International Computer Music Conference (2011) 151-154

5. 2011 Eduardo R. Miranda, Slawomir J Nasuto, Anna R. Troisi, Julia Downes, Antonino Chiaramonte, Matthew Spencer, Mark Hammond, Dimitris Xydas, Ben Whalley, Victor Becerra, Kevin Warwick “A musical instrument using in vitro neural networks” ICMC International Computer Music Conference (2011) 567-570

6. 2008 A.R. Troisi, G.Aloisio, I.Rossi, P.Fariselli, R.Casadio "The Rainbow Prim Algorithm for Selecting Putative Orthologous Protein Sequences” The Open Bioinformatics Journal 2 (2008) 60-63

7. 2008 M.Mirto, A.Ferramosca, D.Tartarini, G.Tasco, A.R.Troisi, V.Zara, G.Aloisio and R.Casadio “A Progengrid Service For The Protein Structure Prediction” 7th Annual International Conference On Computational System Bioinformatics (Stanford, California) august 26-29 2008

Artistic activity


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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:

  • 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

  • 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

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