06.04.2019

While keeping on working on some projects that will (hopefully) see the light sooner or later,

today I'm happy to say that I've worked for a while on some Max stuff.
But this time not for a personal project.
Passed the last month developing the Windows porting of Giorgio Sancristoforo's Berna software.

 

Here we are with Berna 2.4 for Windows.

A fully functional reproduction of the '50s Italian RAI "Studio di Fonologia".

"Berna is a software simulation of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders, mixers, are all packed in a easy-to-use interface with historical accuracy.Explore serial, concrete and tape music or create strange new sonic worlds with instruments inspired by the greatest studios of the early days of electronic music.Are you ready to m...

05.02.2019

I’m actually evolving the starting sound idea born @ZKM on the last October (2018).

There I sonified a real-time EEG dataset taken from some people of the public, as part of an interaction project by the MuArts team.

The instrument has been conceived and beta tested to create music from simple raw data coming from an egg interface.

The project’s aim was to help us explore the deepest connections with ourselves: a link between what is outside and what, hidden within us, hardly emerges. 

A music in which everything becomes a shape in its various expressions, beyond space and time, even beyond our sight.

The audio patch was meant as a breathing creature that could assume different behaviours and can react to various situations receiving in input external parameters from the real-time EEG dataset.

Thanks...

08.11.2018

A quick jump into an unexpected invitation for the Open Codes exhibition at ZKM in Karlsruhe.

Been there for a couple of days during a 25-hours-long hackathon to work on some really interesting ideas.

https://musictechfest.net/zkm

A huge pleasure to collaborate with Muarts team and incredibly inspiring artist Johanna Tano on something that is still growing: Syncronica Cosmobiology.
SC (not the final name of the opera) is a project based on eeg devices to analyze real-time brainwaves’ state, being able to influence the audio/visual installation, based on a graphic interpretation of the planets within the solar system. 

SYNCHRONICA

JOHANNA TANO (SE), ANDREA CERRATO (IT), MUARTS (PT – FRANCISCO MARQUES-TEIXEIRA, HORÁCIO TOMÉ-MARQUES AND LUIS ANJOS), RE CVETANA (BG), LUBNA DAJANI (NY), SONJA DURAJLIJA Z...

12.09.2018

I discovered Music Tech Fest 2 years ago, when I've compiled the form to become a volunteer in the audio tech team in Berlin. I was working in the backstage of the main stage with Terry and that experience took me to a fabulous community of artists, scientists, technicians, and big minds in general that I wasn't aware of.

I've then worked for MTF in Genoa, during the MTF Sparks there. Another full goal by the MTF Community. Michela Magas was also there and her kindness created a fantastic work space during those days.

This year I've been called as an artist to collaborate with plenty of more-than-clever people into a reactor, 25m straight into the ground.

For me mind-blowing, but the rest of the festival still had to start.

A day after my return to Italy I still had not enough words to describe thi...

08.08.2018

I have left last time with the first preamp project done, but in search for a better and powerful solution to amplify some piezos microphones_

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I have decided to search on the internet for a good schematics to build one more-powerful preamp on my own.

I came across this site: breaksberlin.wordpress.com.

He’s a really kind guy that has shared an interesting article on how to build a really powerful preamp for your piezo mics. PERFECT.

I’ve bought all the components to do the circuit and I wanted to hazard with a dual channel version of it with separated power stages (9V battery) for each one.

I’ve told you that I’m not really into circuitry and so the only 2 comments under his post are mine (both of them a little dumb, I know, but hey, everyone needs to do mistakes before lear...

02.08.2018

A little blog post to do an update about recent works_

I’ve always been passionate about contact mics and piezo, but the biggest problem with them is that you need to reduce their impedance enough to be able to make them function pretty well. And that is true especially for the most common piezo miss and cheapest contact mics that you can built by your own.

I have a pair of Cortado contact mics and they're pretty awesome. I bought them a couple of years ago with the DIY-kit option and it's been really easy to build them. They came with a small pcb amplifier cuircuit and its components to solder onto, a small Altoids-like box where to put it and, most important, a balanced connector (XLR).
They sound good to, but having also some other contacts mics that would have need an impedance solution to ma...

26.07.2018

The first days of September I will be guest of one of the most interesting music festivals I know, Music Tech Fest.
I'll be in Stockholm for just over a week and I'm sure that I'll meet a lot of people.

I'm really happy to have this possibility.

My last experience with the MTF team was in Genoa for a #MTFSparks, where I've worked with an amazing team and before that I've worked as a volunteer for the MTF in Berlin in 2016.
 

I don't know what to expect, but I'm excited to see all the people there and take so many inspirations from them.

Here below there's my presentation article for the festival.

https://musictechfest.net/andrea-cerrato/


06.05.2018

Some days ago I helped a friend and the incredibly inspired artist Andrea Santini to work on a really exciting project for an Italian small company called Arbos, a paper mill based on the idea of paper recycling and environmental sustainability. 

In the context of project “MIMESIS” by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and also for the thirty years since the foundation of the company, the project brings the idea to develop an interactive paper surface to guide people from Venice to Trentino’s region across the Brenta’s valley, telling the history of paper crafting.

I’ve been called only to help Andrea in the last stages of a big 5 months-long project during which he had designed the entire system.

Switching to the real focus of the project, the goal was to craft 10-11 interactive paper surfaces tha...

17.04.2018

Interface design for the latest instrument to play with the Reihe Laptop Ensemble at Planetarium of Milan.

Minimalist music, minimalist controls_

Not immediate, not easy to understand at a first view. But extremely effective in its usage.
No need to use the pointer, nor a mouse or a keyborad, designed to perform with a MIDI controller, like my Akai APC40.

Only useful controls_
No need for nothing else_

 

Here below the event for the concert:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1824224337609695/ 

06.04.2018

Working to perform at Planetario of Milan on 13th of April.
Playing with the Reihe Laptop Ensemble and Sinestesia Ensemble for the second Astronomical Concert_

Try to test the optimization with the apc40 controller and the custom patch for it_

4 original Max/MSP patches for the event, Tropical Synthesys implementation, 4 different sources in the space.
2 acoustic musicians playing along wth the electronics. 

“Lost in time Lost in space”_

3 pieces by three of the most important composers of the minimalism music:
• Music in Similar Motion - Philip Glass
• A Rainbow in Curved Air - Terry Riley

• Phase Patterns - Steve Reich

Through the history of the universe, planets' trajectories and the brightest stars, a travel to discover something that maybe could be found inside you while looking a...

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