MARCO STROPPA’S COMPOSITIONAL PROCESS AND SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE BETWEEN 1980-1991

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Conference Paper

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SMC Conference 2011 (2011)

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The purpose of this paper is to show the creative relation-ship that can be established between scientific knowledge and musical innovation, through the example of Marco Stroppa’s work performed between 1980 and 1991 in four specific places: Padova CSC, the conservatory of Venice, Ircam (Paris) and MIT (USA). 
The following methodological tools allow to under-stand the links between Stroppa’s technico-scientific in-novation, and musical invention: an analysis of  his train-ing years from 1980 to 1983 and of the main sources of cognitive models; a genetic study of the work Traiettoria (1982-1988), that is, the systematic study of traces, sketches, drafts, computer jotters and other genetic doc-uments; written work published by Stroppa between 1983 and 1991; multiple interviews with the composer and witnesses of the period; a partial reconstitution under OpenMusic (OMChroma workspace) of the portion of synthesis initially performed under Music V. 
In fact, Traiettoria constitutes what can be labelled a laboratory of Marco Stroppa’s “workshop  of composi-tion”.

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