Composer

Last compositions can be found here

As a Composer, my pieces have been performed by the M&M Orchestra, by the Orchestra Cesar Frank (Angers, France), Orchestra Sinfonica di Pescara, Orchestra of Chieti University, Orchestra Filarmonica Giovanile d'Abruzzo, Eduardo Kohan, and by myself during Triennale di Venezia and in other venues.

My main interest is to use Numerical Methods and concepts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create new composition paradigms, without neglecting the melodic experience of my cultural background (he own of my birth is Ortona a Mare, Italy, the same place as famous composer Francesco Paolo Tosti). After studying composition at Conservatorio di Pescara, I first began to write music with AI, firstly by applying some common AI methods (i.e., meta-heuristics and neural networks) as a means to enhance classical-style arrangements and deal with problems related to its form and structure; I then progressed to write self-contained compositions.

My work in the first instance has been performed in Italy by Orchestra Sinfonica di Pescara, Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Universita' di Chieti, Bbanda Futuriste. In the latter instance my intention is to exploit the functionalities offered by AI methods in order to assist the compositional process. The tools I have used so far are the ones I also research in the capacity of an academic (I am currently ATER at University of Littoral Cote d'Opale (F)) and are as follows:

  1. Neural Networks
  2. Meta-heuristics
  3. Autonomous parameter tuning

The compositional works in which those models have been used are the following:

  1. NeuralNetworks (2008) (Neural Networks)
  2. La Banda Futurista (2010) (Autonomous Parameter Tuning)
  3. Intonarumori, Balilla e Tosti (2010) (Meta-heuristics)
  4. Swarmanoid, the video (2011) (Meta-heuristics and Autonomous Parameter Tuning)
  5. Mara (2010) (Autonomous Parameter Tuning)
  6. Virna (2011) (Autonomous Parameter Tuning)

"Neural Network" is a composition dating back to 2009, which has been produced by means of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). These are computing methods (algorithms) whose behaviour mimics the behaviour of the human brain; nowadays they are used in the scientific community, and they are often referred to as a “black boxes”. The ANN “learns”, modifying its behaviour so as to provide the right outputs when facing given inputs. In our composition we have used supervised learning, i.e, feeding the network with pairs of inputs and corresponding desired outputs. Then, the error produced by the network is used to change the weights. As inputs we have used a set of musical fragments by Italian composers from the Futurismo school, such as Savinio, Balilla Pratella and Mix. As output, we have used the composer's own variations on these fragments. After the training, we have given the network a new fragment, and the network has produced its own variation on the fragment. This fragment have been given three times to the network, and, since different runs of the networks lead to different (although similar) results, in "Neural Networks" we have reported the three different responses. This is a procedure which aims in discovering similarities and hidden paths over a set of musical material, bringing the music to its concrete kernel; furthermore, since ANNs are stochastic, the results is always different: this is music that self-renews, always relying on the same structure.....

"NeuralNetworks", ""La Banda Futurista" and "Intonarumori, Balilla e Tosti" have been performed by the Logos Orchestra at Logos Foundation, Ghent (B). Thanks to the success they have obtained, on 2010 I have won the prestigious Honorary Logos Award. (The audio of the whole concert can be found here).

Furthermore, the video Smarmanoid, the movie 4) for which he has composed the soundtrack , has won the AAAI Video Competition 2011.

Compositions 5) and 6), give a clear idea about “Janus” components of my music: a melodic background and the IA approach. The autonomous parameter tuning here is used to determine the notes' length value. The forefront melody is NOT composed autonomously. The result is a simple melodic line, to whom a series of chords has been added...it could be a simple popular melody to be performed under the shower, but its composition have been complex...(performed by Eduardo Kohan during the Music Day 2011, Ortona a Mare).


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