Tuesday 12pm, 7 May 2019

Carmine math bw

Can Picasso think in shapes? From signal representations to musical creation

Carmine Cella



The talk will present the work done in the last years in searching good signal representations that permit high-level manipulation of musical concepts. After the definition of a geometric approach to signal representation, the theory of sound-types and its application to music will be presented. Finally, recent research on assisted orchestration and augmented instruments will be proposed for musical applications.


Carmine Emanuele Cella is an internationally renown composer and researcher in applied mathematics. He got a PhD in musical composition at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome and a PhD in mathematical logic at the University of Bologna entitled On Symbolic Representations of Music (2011). As a composer, he won many prizes, including the prestigious Petrassi prize for composition, from the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano From 2007 to 2008, Carmine-Emanuele Cella had a research position at Ircam in Paris working on audio indexing. He has been nominated member of Academie de France à Madrid for 2013-2014 at Casa de Velazquez. In 2015-2016, he has conducted research in applied mathematics at École Normale Supérieure de Paris with Stéphane Mallat. In 2016, he has been in residency at the American Academy in Rome, where he worked on his opera Pane, sale sabbia, that was premiered in June 2017 at the National Opera of Kiev. In 2019, he has been appointed assistant professor in music and technology at CNMAT - University of California, Berkeley.