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Resounding Spaces: Music and Atmospheres


Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Lettere e Filosofia
Rome, Italie


A propos

Resounding Spaces: Music and Atmospheres

In Western philosophy, music has been often considered a paralinguistic modality of expression. From Plato’s theory of ethos to the 18th century Affektenlehre and from Susanne Langer’s theory of musical form as ‘presentational symbol’ to more recent neuroaesthetic investigation of musical meaning, music is characterized as the ‘language of feelings’, i.e. a medium for conveying emotional contents. The overcome of the linguistic turn by the so-called ‘affective turn’ in philosophy paved the way to the redefinition of musical expression out of the quasi-semiotic traditional paradigm. In this perspective, notions such as atmosphereambiancemoods, resonances help understanding several artistic practices that use music to evoke emotions and feeling. Moreover, the reflection about the atmospheric characteristics of auditory objects and events lead to the introduction of the concept of soundscape, i.e. a sounds that shape or arise from an immersive environment, leading to concrete experiences in the field of environmental humanities, bridging together architecture, sound engineering, and acoustics.

The proposed conference will gather distinguished scholars from different disciplines, such as psychology, aesthetics of music, sociology, philosophy, musicology, ethnomusicology and will focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to acoustic ecology, sound design, noise pollution, natural vs artificial sounds, urban soundscapes, atmospheres, music, opera and moods.

Purpose of the conference is to encourage dialogue around the chosen topic – relation between music and atmospheres, mood, resonances, ambiance – as well as to promote demonstration and/or practical activities

Organizing Comittee

Tonino Griffero (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Giorgio Adamo (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Giampiero Moretti (Università l’Orientale, Napoli)

Marco Tedeschini (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Federica Scassillo (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Nicola Di Stefano (Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma)

Stefano Oliva (Università di Roma Tre)

Friday 13th September 2019
Venue: Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Lettere e Filosofia, Via Columbia 1 – 00133 Roma (RM) Aula Moscati (1st Floor, Building B)
1st session – Chairman Tonino Griffero
  • 9.30-10.00 Tonino Griffero (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”Where are we on atmospheres? Introductory remarks
  • 10.00-10.30 Giorgio Adamo (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”). Immersed in sound. Musical spaces, emotions and possession trance
  • 10.30-11.00 Tiziana Pangrazi (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”). Resonance between physics, psychophysics and electronic music
  • 11.00-11.30 Stefano Oliva (Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”). Music and architecture: Luciano Berio’s project for the Lingotto in Turin
  • 11.30-12.00 Lena Ortega (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM). Environments in the air: the resounding technosphere. Thinking about bioacoustics in experimental electronic music and sound art
  • 12.00-12.45 Debate

2nd Session – Chairman Giampiero Moretti (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”)

  • 14.00-14.30 Carlo Serra (Università della Calabria): Textural densification as sound expressive property
  • 14.30-15.00 Federica Scassillo (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”): Resonant places and atmospheric places in the performed Opera
  • 15.00-15.30 Nicola Di Stefano (Campus Biomedico di Roma): Shaping atmospheres through sounds: the case of musical consonance and dissonance
  • 15.30-16.00 Birgit Abels (University of Göttingen): Resonance: co-becoming with sound in the South Pacific Island world
  • 16.00-16.45 Debate

3rd Session – Chairman Marco Tedeschini (IISG – Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici)

  • 17.00-17.30 Renata Scognamiglio (Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado”): Resonance as emergence. Rethinking asynchronism in film music
  • 17.30-18.00 Friedlind Riedel (Bauhaus University of Weimar): Mood and modulation: musical modes of existence
  • 18.00-18.30 Vincenzo Caporaletti (Università di Macerata): The atmospheric criterion as catalyst principle in free improvisation
  • 18.30-19.15 Debate

Auditorium (Ground Floor, Building A)

  • 19.30-19.45 Ludovico Peroni (Università degli Studi di Firenze): The gestural conduction: an atmospheric producer
  • 19.45-20.30 Patica (Concert) Ensemble: Ludovico Peroni (Composer and Conductor); Daniele Gherrino (Guitar); Riccardo Chinni (Bass and Live Electronics);Federico Chiarofonte (Percussions)

Saturday 14th December 2019

Venue: Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Lettere e Filosofia, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5 – 00185 Roma (RM) Aula “Nino Pirrotta” (4th Floor)

4th Session – Chairman Giovanni Giuriati (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)

  • 9.00-9.30 Erik Wallrup (Stockholm University): Turning occasion into event: patheme, mood and atmosphere in the burial of Gustav III
  • 9.30-10.00 Alessandro Bertinetto (Università di Torino): Music is not an emoticon. Against a reductionist account of musical expressivity
  • 10.00-10.30 Antonio Rostagno (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”): The function of ‘tinta’ in Verdi’s opera between sound and space: on ‘atmospheric errors’ of some contemporary stagings
  • 10.30-11.00 Giacomo Fronzi (Università del Salento): Aesthetic experience and contemporary music: from places to non-places
  • 11.00-11.45 Debate


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