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With Toni Patella and Daniele Torresan (1983-84) voice and sound synthesis [14’ 20”]

Premiered at Audiobox, Università di Arcavacata di Rende, June 6th 1984

Commissioned by RAI-Audiobox

The work comes from the analysis of the formal parameters (duration, pitch, accent of the phonems), of the prosody of three poems (canzoni) of 13th Century written by Dante Alighieri, Guido Cavalcanti, Guido Guinizelli on the same subject: the incoming of their loved woman among the men. The relationship between such parameters and the main characteristics of the musical language, which has been already pointed out by many people, has permitted the extraction of the formal model for the composition.

We have employed the vocal synthesis model with linear prediction coding implemented on the interactive sound system ICMS, realized by Graziano Tisato, to obtain the formal data and those referred to the phonems of the poems. Such data have been opportunely processed by Pascal and Fortran programs and employed for the synthesis and signal processing by Music V, Music 360 and ICMS programs. The work was commissioned by RAI and realized with the resources of the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale, University of Padova.

The voice in the piece is Lorenzo Rizzato.