Edison Studio was founded in 1993. Its members are Mauro Cardi, Luigi
Ceccarelli, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi and Alessandro Cipriani.
Edison Studio is member of CEMAT (Centri Musicali Attrezzati). CEMAT and
Edison work in continual collaboration in different projects ("Quarant'anni
nel Duemila" award, Sound Project). Edison Studio is internationally
recognized in the electroacoustic music scene, thanks to the numerous
prizes and awards it has received for its works (Concours International
de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003 Prix Ars
Electronica 1997, 1998, International Computer Music Conference 1993,
1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, Main Prize Musica Nova
1996, Prague, etc.). Edison Studio has produced electroacoustic music
for the Venice Biennale (2000 & 2001) and for the Ravenna Festival
(1999 & 2000).The composers of Edison Studio have worked with IRCAM,
EMS (Stockholm), Roma and Catania Universities, Sibelius Academy (Helsinki),
Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), Institut fuer Neue Medien (Frankfurt),
ICMC, IMEB (Bourges) etc.
The studio's activity is based around various interconnecting areas: production
of electroacoustic works; studio projects on the relationship between
oral, written and electroacoustic traditions; research projects in collaboration
with the Department of Psychology of the University "La Sapienza"
in Rome. Edison Studio has also carried out the first on-line courses
in Italy for sound synthesis and processing, "CsoundOnLine",
based on Csound software and on the book "Virtual Sound", written
by Riccardo Bianchini and Alessandro Cipriani, which is now in its third
edition (Contempo 2003).
The unifying and founding principle of Edison Studio is its particular
openness towards technology. This openness takes the form of interest,
curiosity but above all willingness to let technology itself provide the
environment in which to bring together, stimulate and create spaces in
which individual poetic forms can interact. This constant activity of
mutual co-operation between the composers of Edison Studio has, over time,
allowed common ideas and idiosyncrasies to appear, which cross over the
various respective approaches without producing a single, unified style.
Over the last two years the composers at Edison Studio have worked together
on soundtrack projects for two silent films: the expressionist film The
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene (1919) and The Last Days of Pompeii
by Eleuterio Rodolfi (1913). These "Live Computer Soundtracks"
have been performed by the Edison Studio group at two International Computer
Music Conferences in Sweden (2002) and Singapore (2003), and in other
concerts in the United States, Sweden, and Italy. A collective article
by Edison Studio composers on those soundtracks has been published in
the review Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) Edison is now
publishing its first official CD, on CNI / Rai Trade label, with 4 electroacoustic
pieces written by Cardi, Ceccarelli, Cifariello Ciardi and Cipriani for
Mahamad Ghavi-Helm, an outstanding persian percussionist living in Paris.
via Voghera, 7
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