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Electroacoustic music in a multi-perspective architectural context: A sound installation for Renzo Piano's Auditorium in Rome

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Electroacoustic music in a multi-perspective architectural context: A sound installation for Renzo Piano's Auditorium in Rome

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This paper describes the musical and technical design and the realisation of a large-scale sound installation produced and realised by Centro Tempo Reale for the inauguration of Renzo Piano's new Auditorium in Rome. The installation, conceived by Luciano Berio, was mainly dedicated to electroacoustic music: the complex technological set-up offered a new instrument for which electroacoustic pieces were transcribed. The techniques and the aesthetic implications of this transcription process within the context of an installation are discussed.

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... The well-defined attacks of the envelope shapes are especially important in this case to make the different diagonal loudspeaker positions distinguishable to our ears. Apart from concert productions, Tempo Reale is often also involved in projects of sound installation art, like the one realized in 2002 at the new Auditorium in Rome [12]. Only very rarely, there are central listening positions in these works: the visitors are free to move in space, in every position a valid listening experience must be possible. ...
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