About CSC

CSC equipment in 1986

The Centro di Sonologia Computazionale has been mainly a centre of promotion and cultural diffusion of music informatics since its foundation. Thanks to close collaboration among experts of various disciplines, it has been possible to create an interdisciplinary group, which has become an international reference in the field, and has come to be part of contemporary music history. Activities of CSC can be grouped into four main areas: scientific research, music research, production and performance of music works, teaching and dissemination.


In 1958-60 Prof. Giovanni Battista Debiasi, at the University of Padova, proposed an original work about an electronic organ based on photodiodes. This was the first step of a multidisciplinary future for electric/electronic engineering and music in Padova.

CSC scientific research was the premise for the other activities of music informatics, and is still one of the main activities of the Centre. Today the Centre also supports production of musical works, thanks to significant investments in research that begun in 1979 when the Centre was officially founded. In the early days research was mainly focused on system of synthesis. Nowadays, the Centre is working in synergy with the SMC Group on preservation and restoration of audio documents, tuning of new sound synthesis techniques, analytical tools, techniques of sound spatialization, complex dynamic systems and analysis and morphing of expressive content in music performances (see also the Research page). The excellence of results achieved over the years in all these fields earned CSC a solid reputation within the international community. Today's CSC activities rely on a composite group of people, which include the Centre board of directors and personnel, guest researchers and musicians, and particularly on master students attending the "Sound and Music Computing" course at the Dept. of Information Engineering, which is historically tightly linked to the CSC.

Bollettino  - Notiziario dell'Università degli Studi di Padova N.19, Giugno 1981, Anno XXX:
Centro di Sonologia Computazionale: Informazioni su scopi e attività
(con statuto, equipaggiamento,  ecc.). PDF (2MB)


- School of Engineering: Prof. Giovanni Battista Debiasi supervises the Laurea degree thesis of Giovanni Depoli, on the formal language MUSICA. This is the start of research activities in music informatics.

- Graziano Tisato starts working at the Centro di Calcolo of the University of Padova.

- School of Engineering and Centro di Calcolo: first working prototype of D/A conversion.
- Villa Cordellina (Vicenza). International Workshop on Studies and Research on Music Language, chaired by Wolfango Dalla Vecchia. This is the start of a series of conferences, courses, and seminars on computer music, in collaboration with the University of Padova.
- Centro di Calcolo: installation of the synthesis software MUSIC 4BF.

- Collaboration Agreement between the Centro di Calcolo and the Conservatory "C. Pollini" of Padova.
- Centro di Calcolo: installation of the synthesis softwares MUSIC360 and MUSIC V.
- Beginning of research on the software CELLE-EMUS for computer-aided composition.

Music 5
A musical instrument in Music 5

- Centro di Calcolo: James Dashow uses the software Music 4BF to realize some of the sounds of "Wisper Out of Time" (winner of the 1st award at the 5th International Concourse of Electroacoustics Music, 1977), as well as the tape part of "Effetti Collaterali", for clarinet and tape.
- Centro di Calcolo: Graziano Tisato begins the development of the ICMS System.
- Centro di Calcolo: set-up of a seminar and a course on computer music.

- Centro di Calcolo: Teresa Rampazzi uses the ICMS System to realize "With the light pen", which is awarded the "Menzione Onorevole" at the 5th International Concourse of Electroacoustics Music, 1977.

- School of Engineering: start of the course "Musica all'Elaboratore Elettronico", held by Prof. Giovanni Battista Debiasi.

- Official foundation of the CSC: the Director is Prof. Giovanni Battista Debiasi.
- The University of Padova hosts the 3rd CIM - Colloquio di Informatica Musicale Italiana.

- Collaboration Agreement between the CSC and the Biennale di Venezia. - The LIMB is founded (through the work of Alvise Vidolin).
- Musical works commissioned by LIMB: J. Dashow, M. Graziani, H. Howe, F. Razzi.

- Graziano Tisato becomes Director of the CSC.
- Publication of the first (out of five) issue of the LIMB "Quaderni", realized in collaboration with the CSC.
- Musical works commissioned by LIMB: C. Ambrosini, A. Clementi, J. Melby, C. Pasquotti.

Tisato e Mian
Graziano Tisato and Gian Antonio Mian (ca. 1981)

- The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) is hosted in Venice.
- Musical works commissioned by LIMB: A. Clementi, J. Dashow, F. Razzi.
- Giuseppe Di Giugno-IRCAM installs the 4i System. Beginning of research on real-time.

- First edition of the Summer Courses on Music Informatics (Corsi estivi di Informatica Musicale), which will be held until 1989.
- Musical works commissioned by LIMB: D. Behrman, J. Chadabe, R. Teitelbaum.
- Marco Stroppa realizes "Traiettoria... deviata", for piano and synthesis sounds.

Teitelbaum, Chadabe, Graziani, Vidolin (1983)
Richard Teitelbaum, Joel Chadabe, Mauro Graziani, Alvise Vidolin (1983)

- Computer production for "Prometeo", by Luigi Nono, performed at La Biennale di Venezia and Teatro Alla Scala.

- Realization of "Elettronico", by Franco Donatoni, for the opus Atem, performed at Teatro Alla Scala.
- Installation of the 4X System. Original prototype IRCAM.

- Historical exhibit "Nuova Atlantide - Il continente della musica elettronica 1900-1986" (New Atlantis - The electronic music continent 1900-1986) at La Biennale di Venezia, curated by LIMB.

- Roberto Doati starts production of "Una storia chimica".

- Guest music composer at CSC: J. Impett (Real-time systems for performance with trumpet).

- Beginning of research on physical modeling.

Beginning of research on applications of neural networks to music.

- "Perseo e Andromeda", by Salvatore Sciarrino, performed at Staatstheater Stuttgart.

- Prof. Giovanni De Poli becomes Director of CSC.

- MARS - Iris. Transcription of the Live electronics of Luigi Nono.
- "Frau Frankenstein", by Giovanni Battistelli, performed at Kammermusiksaal der Philarmonie, Berlin.
- LIMB: Seminar on performace praxis of the late Luigi Nono. Biennale di Venezia.

- Graziano Tisato retires from University.
- Beginning of research on musical rendering of expressive intentions.

- Musical works commissioned by LIMB: D. Dall'Osto, C. De Pirro, M. Pisati.

- "Zone-Franche", by Maurizio Pisati, Castelfranco Veneto.

- "Madrigali in giardino", by Corrado Pasquotti.
- "Giacomo mio, salviamoci!", by Giorgio Battistelli, Teatro Lauro Rossi - Macerata.
- "Risonanze erranti", by Luigi Nono, Teatro La Fenice.

- "Mantra", by Karlheinz Stockhausen, performed at the Centro D’arte degli Studenti dell’Università - Amici della Musica di Padova.
- "Transiciàn II", by Mauricio Kagel, performed at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove and Centro D’arte degli Studenti dell’Università - Amici della.Musica di Padova.
- "L’altra scena”. Madrigali in giardino by Corrado Pasquotti, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia.
- "Cantare con silenzio", by Salvatore Sciarrino, Stuttgart, and IRCAM (Paris).
- "Pensieri Canuti", by Adriano Guarnieri, Salzburger Festspiele 1999. Main Hall of Mozarteum of Salzburg.
- "Est et non", by Corrado Pasquotti, Chiesa S. Caterina, Treviso.

- "Passione secondo Matteo" by Adriano Guarnieri.
- "Impressions d'Afrique" by Giorgio Battistelli at the 63° Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
- Festival d’Automne in Paris. "Perseo e Andromeda" by Salvatore Sciarrino. Opéra National de Paris/Bastille (Amphithéâtre).

- "Pinocchio Square" music installation by Carlo De Pirro, EXPO 2002, Neuchâtel.
- "The embalmer" and "The embalmer room". Music by Giorgio Battistelli. Almeida opera, London.
- Thematic concert: "La musica elettronica a Padova", with CSC productions.
- "Medea", opera video in 3 parts freely inspired from Euripide, by Adriano Guarnieri. Fondazione Teatro La Fenice di Venezia.

Piazza Pinocchio at the EXPO 2002

Rodà, De Pirro, Canazza
A. Rodà, C. De Pirro, S. Canazza

- "Frau Frankenstein" by Giorgio Battistelli, Festival Opera Barga and Auditorium MART Rovereto.

- The CSC moves from its historical venue at the Centro di Calcolo to the new labs in Via Ognissanti 72, hosted by the Dept. of Information Engineering.
- "Cantare con silenzio", by Salvatore Sciarrino. Spiegelsaal Palais Prinz Carl, Heidelberg.
- "Lohengrin 2 - Disegni per un giardino sonoro". New production Ravello Festival 2004.

- "Frau Frankenstein" by Giorgio Battistelli. Hall Akademii Muzycznej Florianka, Krakow.

- "Cantare con silenzio" by Salvatore Sciarrino. Parco della Musica, Teatro Studio, Rome.
- "Pietra di Diaspro" by Adriano Guarnieri.

- "Cantare con silenzio" by Salvatore Sciarrino, Radialsystem V, Berlin.
- "Ostinato 3: per Roberto" and "Ostinato 4" by Adriano Guarnieri. 45th Festival Nuova Consonanza, Sala Accademica Conservatorio "S. Cecilia", Rome.

- The CSC moves from the labs in Via Ognissanti to the labs in Via Lungargine del Piovego 1.
- The 8th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC 2011) is hosted in Padova.

Guest music composers

Claudio Ambrosini
Guido Baggiani
Paolo Balladore
Giovanni Umberto Battel
Giorgio Battistelli
David Behrman
Luisa Bon
John Cage
Anselmo Cananzi
Sergio Cappuccio
Alberto Caprioli
Joel Chabade
Nicola Cisternino
Aldo Clementi
Fiammetta D'Emilio
Ricardo Dal Farra
Wolfango Dalla Vecchia
Diego Dall’Osto
James Dashow
Carlo De Pirro
Agostino Di Scipio
Roberto Doati
Franco Donatoni
Bruno Fagarazzi
Stefano Farneda
Mauro Graziani
Adriano Guarnieri
Hubert Howe
Jonathan Impett
Richard Karpen
Albert Mayr
John Melby
Alessandro Melchiorre
Renato Meneghetti
Andrea Molino
Wolfgang Motz
Luigi Nono
Piero Olmeda
Loreto Papadia
Corrado Pasquotti
Gianantonio Patella
Maurizio Pisati
Walter Prati
Marco Querzola
Teresa Rampazzi
Fausto Razzi
Michele Sambin
Nicola Sani
Salvatore Sciarrino
Marco Stroppa
Richard Teitelbaum
Daniele Torresan