Pages coming from (2004-2013):

Music and New Technologies - Conservatory "A.Casella" in L'Aquila- Italy


Lorenzo Seno


On-line lectures:

Pages containing links about various topics:

Audio standards

Music standards

Tools for audio and image compression

Virtual laboratories for electronics

Bibliography about signal processing and representations.

Links on digital signal processing and representations

Links on tools for the digital signal processing.

Links to on-line resourcers for learning electronics fundamentals.

Electronic music institutions all around the world

Electronic music institutions in Europe (not merely EU)

Electronic music institutions in Italy

>>> AvantGarde Project: An huge repository of today unavailable works in electroacoustic music, freely downloadable <<<

Ubu web (Visual + Concrete + Sound Poetry): Contemporary Art, visual and music


Curriculum vitae:

Lorenzo Seno was born in December 15th 1948 in Bologna (Italy). He took is "Laurea" in Physics in 1976 (with the maximum score of 110 "Cum Laude" at the "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy), discussing a thesis about experimental astrophysics in the field of near infrared (Chairman of examiners board was prof. Paolo Maffei. Examiner Prof. Franco Bordoni). The Italian "Laurea" was at these times something intermediate between graduation and PhD (the last one having been introduced in Italy only on 2003), requiring at least four years of classes, and the discussion of a final Thesis on an original Research subject.

When child he showed a spontaneous propensity toward music, and he learned piano playing starting from when he was 11 years old, then continuing in the 60s for the whole period of the middle schools and the scientific high school, following private teachers. Among his teachers, Giorgio Sacchetti for the piano, until he moved to Bolzano, the Italian composer (now living in the USA) Giampaolo Bracali for solfeggio and harmony, Ornella Mercatali for solfeggio and piano and finally, during his high school last year, Gloria Lanni for the piano. After his high school diploma, he selected scientific studies as his primary interest, ending thus any regular music study. 

He was involved into applications of the computer science and signal processing starting from his University early years, in the 70s, at the former "Laboratory for the Study of the Plasma in the Space of the CNR" - Italian Research National Council (now "Institute of Space Physics" - Research Area of Tor Vergata - Rome), where for a couple of years he collaborated to the computerized processing of data about the Hearth magnetic field as sensed by NASA "Pioneer" satellites, in the framework of an agreement between CNR and NASA. 

After the "Laurea" he was always involved in computer applications and signal processing. Between 1980 and 1981, at the CTIP Solar (Bastogi Italian group), in the framework of Research and development activities for alternative energies and energy saving. Subsequently, up to 1984, at the APRE S.p.A (Fintermica italian group), where he was in charge of the laboratory of measurement and data processing in a project about the development of industrial demonstrators for alternative energies and energy saving. 

In 1985 he was involved in design, development and production of microprocessor-based systems for industrial controls and telecommunications, at an Italian PMI. From 1986 to 1989 he was General Manager of the Automap S.r.L., a company holding a proprietary hardware-software system for Computerized Cartography and GIS (Geografic Information Systems). During these times, this PMI became an IBM partner and provided many Italian Municipalities with his system. 

In the 1989 he became Research and Development Director at the APRE SpA, which was in the meanwhile converted to the development, prodyuction and delivery of microprocessor-based remote control systems. He was in charge of industrial research, product design and development and industrialization of the software and hardware components of a PSTN and VHF Radio based remote control system network with dozens of Control Centers and thousands of peripherals spread around the whole Italy. 

In these times he personally developed several research projects about different topics in which the company was involved, such as: numerical dynamical simulation of plants and devices, to forecast in-field behavior at the design time; immunity of the digital equipments to the electromagnetic disturbances in harsh environments; radio coverage and propagation. 

From 1996, the year in which APRE was shut-off, he was involved in several topics as an entrepreneur or as free lance. In 1997, together with two former APRE engineers, he was cofounder of the Audionica S.r.L., a PMI in the field of acoustics and Digital Signal Processing. At the same time, he started his collaboration with the "Centro Ricerche Musicali" of Rome, of which he became Scientific Director. In this role he begun  to be specifically involved in Musical research and in Musical signal processing. 

From 1991 to 1997 he was an active member of the board of the musical Association "Heinrich Neuhaus" (President M° Valerij Voskobojnikov), participating to the organizations of the various activities. These were various concert festivals, held at the Museum of musical instruments in Rome and at the Academy of Rumania, from 92 to 95, open piano master classes held by M° Vladimir Askenazy in 1994, piano masters classes held by Gérard Frémy, Anatolij Katz, Valerij Voskobojnikov, Luis Moura Castro in 1995, piano master class of M° Voskobojnikov in 1996, concert and master class held by the Borodin Quartet at the American Academy in Rome in April 1996. 

In Audionica he has managed projects of advanced technologic content. For biomedical applications he has coordinated the development of the multichannel acquisition and processing system for Magneto-Encephalography (MEG) based on a dual multiprocessing system using CPUs DSP ADI SHARC 2106x, and a wide band communication channel based on fiber optics Gigabit Ethernet and link ports @ 20 Mbyte/secs. The development was made for the laboratory of Biomedicine of the University of Ulm. He also designed an analog signal conditioner for piezo accelerometers for audio applications for the Laboratory of Ultrasonics "M. Corbino" (Italian Research Council). 

In space field he coordinated and participated in the development of the Avionic Model of the On Board Software of the HIFI payload, one of the three experiments of the satellite ESA FIRST (Herschel-Planck), an infrared observatory that hopefully will be launched in orbit in 2007. 

For the CRM he coordinated the development of virtual instrumentation for the Automotive Psychoacoustics for the FIAT Research Center - the Italian automotive industry (Virtual laboratories GSS and PPS within the European projects Soqrates and Obelix, based on multiprocessor DSP systems for intensive calculation, making use of the CPUs Texas C40 and ADI SHARC 2106x). 

In collaboration with the M° Lupone he has conceived, together with Marco Palumbi, the physical modeling algorithm of bowed strings (called "Metal string"), that was used by Lupone itself for two compositions. As to the the first one, "Metal string" for string quartet and magnetic tape (Rome, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Kronos Quartet, 1997), he contributed to the generation of scores, creating also the software interface for the composer. The second one was "Canto di madre" ("Mother's Song"), for "Metal string" algorithm and female voice (Radio Vaticana, 1999). During these years he made several publications and Congress papers, as a result of his research activities. He also held several conferences, also for scientific popularization purposes, and gave lectures about technologies and scientific and technological research, in Universities, workshops ad seminars. From 1997, during three academic years, he taught Computer applications at the faculty of Economics "Federico Caffè" of the University Roma 3. From 2001 he regularly holds every academic year seminars about musical acoustics and psychoacustics in the framework of the degree in Acustoelectronics at the faculty of Electronic Engineering of the third University in Rome.

 He has been several times co-examiner, as scholar of the subject, of thesis about acoustics and signal processing at the first ("La Sapienza") and the third University in Rome. Particularly in the 1997 he was co-examiner of the Thesis by Marco Giordano (Examiner Prof. Piero Marietti) having the title "Modeling and simulation of the acoustic field in a cavity having a geometry of varying characteristics". In 1998, at the Faculty of Engineering of he Second University in Rome ("Tor Vergata") he was co-examiner of the Thesis by Diego Polidori about "Synthesis of sounds by physical modeling: two methods of realization in comparison", having as subject the comparison among the method of synthesis used in "Metal string" and the waveguide method (Examiner Prof. Giuseppe Martinelli). In 2001 at the Faculty of Engineering of the Third University in Rome, he was the co-examiner of the Thesis by Luca Mariorienzi about "Study of an acoustic radiator having high directivity" (Examiner Prof. Paolo De Santis). 

In the Academic year 2002-2003 he held a series of classes for SIAE ("Advanced Computer Tools for Economics") at the faculty of Economics of the third University in Rome, in the framework of the initiative for the didactic innovation "CampusOne." 

Besides as scientific director of the Centro Ricerche Musicali, he is member of the Scientific Board of of ECoNA, an intercollegiate Center of Research on the "Cognitive processing in natural and artificial systems", which has researchers of twelve universities and Italian Research Centers as members. He is webmaster and co-author of the web site entitled to Heinrich Neuhaus.

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