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Performance and interpretation of electronic music in concert


17 JULY / 26 JULY


This course is directed toward composers, performers, and interpreters of electronic music, and to sound engineers eager to deepen their understanding of the theoretical elements, techniques, and creative abilities related to the realisation of live electronic concerts. The on-line lessons will prepare participants for the in-person course and will take place from 10.00-13.00 / 15.00-18.00 on the following days: May 5, 12, 19; and June 9, 16, 23.

It is possible to attend the course as an auditor. A limited number of auditors will be accepted.

The course will be divided into daily individual lessons alternating with collective/individual workshop meetings.

The Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2023 will include a concert with live electronics on July 14, which will be analyzed in the online lessons. It will feature a new composition by Andrea Molino for voices, percussions and live electronics, performed in world premiere. Students admitted to the course may participate in the rehearsals and performances of these works provided they indicate that they wish to do so on the application form.

The Paris INA-GRM Acousmonium at the Live Electronics-Sound & Music Computing course

From 24 to 26 July, lessons and concerts will take place with the Acousmonium of the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) of Paris installed in its maximum configuration (60 loudspeakers) in the church of Sant’Agostino. This historic instrument of acousmatic music, constantly updated with technological evolution, will be used for the execution of Luciano Berio’s electronic works Thema (Homage to Joyce) and Chants Paralleles, together with other GRM compositions, presented by François J. Bonnet , director of the GRM and the GRM team. Also from 24 to 26 July, the GRM team will hold a series of in-depth seminars on the Acousmonium.
Furthermore, the Acousmonium will also be available to the students for the execution of their compositional projects in the concert of the course, which will take place on July 26th.


For the entrance examination, candidates must submit the scores of two recent compositions with parts for electronic music, which must be received by April 27, along with the application form and the registration-exam fee.

The Chigiana Academy will communicate to all candidates the outcome of the selection made by the examining commission.

The course will have an analytical / theoretical character in the on-line and laboratory lessons with daily meetings in the on-site lessons.

By the first day of the online lessons (May 5), active students are required to present scores (or the draft of a score) of an original composition with live electronics for a soloist or small ensemble (voice, clarinet, cello, or double bass), the electronics portion of which will be realized during the course and performed in concert (July 26th) by a student of the Accademia Chigiana.


For the entrance exam, candidates must present the technical-performance plans for two pieces from the repertoire for voice or instrument or ensemble and live electronics by a well-known author, to be chosen by each candidate. These must be sent with the application form by April 27.

The technical-performance plans must be finalized for performance in a hall of roughly 250 seats and approximate dimensions of m. 50 x 10 x 5(h), with live electronics preferably to be performed by a single person.

To perform the work, the candidate may make use, as necessary, of components from the following audio system: 

  • 9 independent amplification channels with 9 full-range loudspeakers positioned on the boom at variable height and orientation;
  • 1 subwoofer speaker positioned on the ground with independent amplification channel;
  • wide variety of dynamic condenser, proximity, radio, microphones with rods and various supports;
  • 1 analog or digital mixer of the candidate’s choice;
  • 1 reverb generator of the candidate’s choice;
  • 1 personal computer with multichannel audio interface and MIDI controller of the candidate’s choice, software chosen by the candidate (preferred: Max / MSP, PD, Supercollider, Csound, or Faust, which may also be interconnected with each other)
  • power supply, audio and power cables, technician for installation support.

 The plan must include:

  • data sheet;
  • diagram of the connections between the various devices and their location in the Hall and/or in neighboring environments;
  • detailed configuration of the mixer (inputs/outputs, internal programming);
  • performance environment created by the computer using the chosen software;
  • text describing the actions that the performer must perform during the performance, possibly accompanied by additional instructions inserted in the score.

Lessons on theory will deepen the student’s knowledge of the following topics:

– the temporal eco-sustainability of musical works with electronic parts

– the choice of technological equipment suitable for sustainability

– the adaptation of past works made with technologies that are no longer available

– the various semiographic notations useful for the reading, interpretation and reconstruction of electronic parts

– the use of scripting and automation systems for the systematic creation of highly complex electronic scores

These topics present challenging aspects that are still open to emerging research and will be addressed by highlighting the research and investigating the know-how and components necessary for in-depth realizations of past and future works.


The practical lessons provide for the active participation of students in the performance of the electronic parts of the compositions listed below that will be performed within the concerts of the Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2022:

Luciano Berio
Altra voce, for flute, mezzo-soprano and live electronics; Differences, for 5 instruments and tape; Visage, for electronic sounds and the voice of Caty Barberian on tape. 


In the on-line preparatory lessons, the works with electronic parts to be performed in the aforementioned concerts will be analyzed and the executive environments planned. In the on-site laboratories, in addition to the execution of the electronic parts, the problems of recording, processing and spatialization of live sounds will be addressed, also as a function of documentation work to be carried out in post production. Through the preparation, rehearsal and performance of the pieces with electronics listed above, different playing techniques will be studied, using the SaMPL electroacoustic system based on d & b audiotechnik amplification, Yamaha DM1000 digital mixer and multi-channel spatialization in 8-channels.

In collaboration with SaMPL (Conservatory C. Pollini di Padova) and with the Center of Computational Sonology (CSC) of the University of Padova. 

35 years

Requested materials to be included in the online application


APPLICATION FEE must be sent to the Accademia Chigiana WHEN YOU SUBMIT THE APPLICATION!

– Course tuition / ATTENDANCE FEE should be paid only after receiving an acceptance letter from the Accademia to the course



5 MAY 

17 JULY 


Last updated: 29/01/2023