Modular Synth Impros
A set of unedited Modular synth improvisations with different module setups realised from 2015 in different locations.
Alberto Novello: sound and performance
Motion tracking studies (2103)
A study of motion-tracking connected to the generation of sound and visuals. We use different strategies to map the movements of the performer and explore different degrees of expressiveness and control.
The sound,the movement and the visuals are interconnected in a feedback loop that inspires each other.
Federica Dauri: performer
Antony Raijekoff: visuals/ motion tracking
Alberto Novello: sound synthesis/ motion tracking
Pan::Ik website for more info
a brain-controlled performance (2013)
The performer wears an electro-encephalographic headset which detects his electrical mind activity.
The analysis of its output reveals the power of the performer's three thoughts which are used to move an avatar in the maze.
Music is generated from the position of the avatar inside and visuals are generated from the music.
The time and structure of the composition is thus entirely determined by the choices and concentration of the performer.
The point of the whole piece is materializing something invisible: the concentration, stress, mistakes of the performer,
into something palpable for the audience. The audience can predict and obeserve the performer's choices and struggle.
With this piece I explore the fragmentation of personality of the "post-modern man". Exposed to aggressive stimulation and
overwhelming data streams, he must make important choices to follow a rational "mind path" while his time quickly runs out.
Alberto Novello: live performer/ EEG analysis/ AV programming
A study on independent and intertwined tempi
for Disklavier (2013)
The composition is inspired both by James Tenney and the Theory of Special Relativity by A. Einstein, it's a study on timing, and how individuals can follow independent paths and still work for social cohesion.
The Disklavier, a mechanical piano, is controlled by the computer following an algorithmic composition.
Alberto Novello: music programming/ recording
Falene: Music for Nocturnal Butterflies
AV improvisation (2012)
A live performance with different material of cinematographic content in a live AV synced improvisation.
The project is called "Falene: music for nocturnal butterflies": experimental stuff for common people?
Alberto Novello: music/ visuals/ programming
Live AV impro for flute, laptop and visuals (2012)
hBar is a duo in which the computer uses the sound of the flute as a basic element to build textures, glitches and visuals. The flute's sound is altered by unpredictable quantum probabilities; the audience witnesses a chaotic and psychedelic audio-visual experience through particle
trajectories and varying density states of matter between the continuous timbre of the flute and the glitchy-digital
noises of the computer. hBar is a visual-sonification of a travel through matter: from the infinitesimal small to the cell size, to experience the granularity of our world, to question
ourselves whether our universe is continuous or discrete.
Alberto Novello: live cinema/ sound processing
Paolo Pascolo: flute
Choreography for smoke and performer (2012)
Vague is a piece about disappearing from the world using smoke as a mystical material for a dance choreography in which the human is
just a partner for the beautiful movements of the immaterial dancing world.
Ola Maciejewska: choreographer
Alberto Novello: choreographer/ performer
Bogomir Doringer: advisor
Composition on the laws of auditory scene analysis. Commission CMMAS, Mexico (2011)
Clinamen is a piece composed with Juan sebastian Lach Lau during my mexican residency at CMMAS, Morelia, Mexico in spring 2011
The piece is a study on how to embed laws of Auditory Scene Analysis into music composition. It's a quadraphonic piece here presented in a
stereo version for simplicity of listening.
The figure under the audio form is a graphical visualization of the events in the song.
Alberto Novello: Composition.
Juan sebastian Lach Lau: Composition.
Land art installation. Commission AESON festival, Italy (2010)
Spherical is an installation inspired by the pollution of the rivers of my reagion. Because of the economical explosion
after the second world war, many industries have grown around the rivers and used the waters to cool down their machinery
and (often) as a easy dump stream.
The result the death of many living species, mainly fishes.
I decided to give back the power to the river in occasion of the AESON festival, dedicated to the nature around the Isonzo
river. Being a sound artist i choose sound as the mean for the river to express its freedom, ten fish bowls (selected for
beautiful sound) were let free down the river stream, pushed by the water stream the bowls go toward the sea, playing while
touching each other, resonating while following the will of the river.
Alberto Novello: Concept/Realisation
Rosa Dei Venti
Interactive Installation. Commission Trasformatorio (2013)
An installation about controlling the natural elements with a simple gesture. All powered on solar energy.
Set up in the exposition room of the castle of Montalbano Elicona, Sicily, withing the Trasformatorio residency.
Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN - concept, sound, programming
Le Retour des Oiseaux
AV impro for Laptop, Flugelhorn and visuals (2010)
A live electronic piece for flugelhorn inspired by the compositions and cosmology of O. Messiaen (1908 - 1992). The french composer
considered the birds to be the the most independent living creatures (and best musicians in the creation), able to fly and to free
themselves from time, which is a burden for all men's lives. We try in our piece, to start recalling this messianic vision of the world
and progressively to move towards a harmony with time: as it is intrinsic in our perception of the world, we cannot refuse it;
however we can find a way of accepting it, be in peace with our mortality. The piece is divided into three parts questioning identity,
language and freedom. Formally it uses the modes of limited transposition and palindromic rhythms, typical of messianic style. In the
last part of the piece, we try to move dialectically beyond those theretical concepts to find a more personal language.
Flavio Zanuttini: flugelhorn
Alberto Novello: live sampling, processing/ visuals
Berlin, symphony of a great city
Commissioned by the Goethe Institut (2010)
Live sountrack for W. Ruttman's silent movie.
Alberto Novello: composition/ performance
How much is Enough?
Social installation/ non performance/ culinary event. Commission BJCEM (2009)
We use the old school Italian tradition of pasta making to create a community between the participants.
Through self-reflection and direct confrontation with the other, each member of the community is spontaneously brought
to share opinions about problems that involve the contemporary world society. Our purpose is to create an opportunity to confront
ourselves in simple conditions, where each one feels more free to express than in front of the media or political debate halls.
As in old times, the kitchen becomes then an important political place, where one can really experience and directly live what
common people think, fears, and feels.
Selected by Biennal of Joung Creators and Artists of the Mediterrean, to be performed in Skopije, Macedonia, in 2009.
Winner of two ResArtis awards: at the Beijing Studio Center, Beijing (China) and at the Thamgidi Studio Foundation, Arnhem (Netherlands).
Winner of the Memefest 2013 selection
Alberto Novello: creator, initiator.
Eugenia Demeglio: creator, initiator.
Valeria Cosi: initiator.
Giulia Cicerale: initiator.
AV theater/ dance performance. Commission Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (2008)
INtrusioni is a reflection on impact of citizen on cities and cities on citizens.
Alberto Novello: music/ programming/ visuals.
Thanos Polymeneas Liontiris: music, programming, visuals.
Eugenia Demeglio: choreography, vj.
Respirazione in Equilibrio
AV tape piece. Commission Gaslab Eindhoven, Netherlands (2008)<
Respirazione in Equilibrio is a piece about static and dynamic balance.
In dynamic balance an object continuously oscillates across the point of equilibrium.
Usually an object in dynamic balance is more stable than in static balance. Until the moment when it falls...
Alberto Novello: music
David Pirro': video
Audiovisual dance performance. Commission Rive Creative Festival, Italy (2007).
Reality appears to our senses in a multiplicity of objects, shapes, colors and sounds. Opposite forces
manifest themselves in the macros cosmos of nature as in the micro cosmos of the human inner world. Polar
qualities are very often judged as being opposed and incompatible, their difference creates destructive tensions.
One is an attempt of looking newly at polarities in order to discover a possibility of meeting, dialog, fusion, and
creation of something new. The performance is built in three parts in which we try to create different feelings/qualities
and to communicate them to the audience through music.
Alberto Novello: visuals/ music/ programming
Elisa Martinuzzi: dance/eurythmy choreography
Sarah Berckenkamp: dance
Modular Synth Impro , 11/07/2015 concert Review by Loris Zecchin
(opening for Meridian Brothers) Dobialab Italy (2015)
"Opens the evening the electronic live set by JesterN. From an initial phase of broken contemplations (reminding of la Cluster),
he moves on to rhythmic structures and melodic spirals of a mutant dna, never loosing himself and keeping a well determined
direction. It's a very careful sound creation and modification, that reminds me of all the names in the end of the nineties / beginning of
the two thousands releasing on labels such as Rephlex, Sonig, and do on... very impressive!"
on "SolarIpse by Loris Zecchin 2015".
Wie je ook Bent (2014)
(Music for Chorography by Marie Goeminne)
"Deserves a special mention music by Alberto Novello. The development in his splendid composition parallels the dance language"
on "TheaterKrant 2014".
Le Retour Des Oiseaux (2014)
"Selected as a finalist at the international electroacoustic music competition, "Prizes Destellos 2014".
Complete Communion (2014)
"Aggressive and psychotic ... a new and dynamic representation of the work of Don Cherry" , Antonio Ciarletta for BLOW UP
"Jazz-core interconnected with subtle silver spiderwebs. Fine taste, in line with Rune Grammofon. There is everything you need (color, taste, feeling and technique).
Seems like they have fun making music and they transfer it to the listener. Loris Zecchin for SOLAR IPSE
"I cannot deny the credibility and unique beauty version of the Dutch-Italian musician of Don Cherry's songs."
Леонид Аускерн (Jazz Kvadrat)
"The resulting synthesis is a very interesting feast for the ears in ways that most ambient artists struggle to achieve, building non-linear step by non-linear step into a multitude of sounds that can be perceived as deeply as you please, depending on how much attention you can spare."
David Murrieta (A Closer Listen)
"...a wonderful release, a feast for the ear and especially also for the eye. (Vital Weekly)
"hBar is a gratifying perceptual experience composed of sublime sonorities, a chanche which fully satisfies the listener."
Nicola Tenani (Sounds Behind The Corner)
"hBar is strong on its own, slithery here, plangent there, the electronics avoiding the cliches that sometimes infect this area. It's a strong and unusual effort, well worth investigating."
Brian Olewnick (Brian Olewnick's Blog)
"hBar is an uncompromised work, dark, and sometimes disturbing. The result of the digitally elaborated-flute is as intriguing as Fennesz stripped of any emotional hint."
Manfredi Lamartina (Rockit)
"The piece is aesthetically strong, with the tension between the mechanically precise sonic-visual elements and the frail viscerally of the dancer at the forefront of the experience. Most importantly, the piece strikes a good balance between transparency of the technical processes and the construction of a wholly conceived experience."
Peer Reviewer of the NIME Conference 2012"
"This piece is very engaging both creatively and technically. The integration of music, movement, and video is very well accomplished. One of the more conceptually interesting and successful implementations of EEG control."
Peer Reviewer of the NIME Conference 2012"
On la Jornada 2010, Mexico: