Carmine Cella: "Can Picasso think in shapes?"

Carmine Cella: "Can Picasso think in shapes?"

A Distinguished Lecture by a guest from University of California, Berkeley (USA).

The lecture will take place in TANNA SCHULICH HALL.


This talk will present my recent work in searching for good signal representations that permit high-level manipulation of musical concepts. After the definition of a geometric approach to signal representation, I will present my theory of sound-types and its application to music. Finally, I will propose musical applications including assisted orchestration and augmented instruments.


Carmine CellaCarmine Emanuele Cella is an internationally renown composer with advanced studies in applied mathematics. He studied at the Conservatory of Music G. Rossini, in Italy, where he received a master's degrees in piano, computer music and composition, and at the Accademia di S. Cecilia, in Rome, where he got a PhD in musical composition. He also studied philosophy and mathematics and got a PhD in mathematical logic at the University of Bologna, with a thesis entitled "On Symbolic Representations of Music" (2011).

After working at IRCAM in 2007-2008 as researcher and again in 2011-2012 as composer in residency, Carmine Emanuele Cella conducted research in applied mathematics at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris, from 2015 to 2016, with Stéphane Mallat. Also in 2016, he was in residency at the American Academy in Rome, where he worked on his opera Pane, sale sabbia, that was premiered in June 2017 at the National Opera of Kiev. From 2017 to 2018, he worked on computer assisted orchestration at IRCAM—a long standing topic proposed by Boulez—, and managed to propose innovative solutions that are gathering consensus in the community. Since January 2019, Carmine is assistant professor in music and technology at CNMAT, University of California, Berkeley.