[ISEA2017] : Artist Statement: Antonio D’Amato — Körper

Artist Statement

Körper is an acousmatic piece entirely based on the elaboration of an acoustic pulse sequence which was produced in the course of a MRI diagnostic test. The aesthetic idea implied in the composition refers to the topical and controversial theme known as “global control and censorship”. Through the examination of the constant and continuous information flow, which is either consciously or unconsciously produced by everyone, it is possible to accomplish a condition of control; that condition ought to benefit the national and global security. The question is: How deep or intrusive should the control on individuals be in order guarantee global well-being and security? If nowadays cameras and sensors constantly watch movements of the individuals in cities and buildings, can we assume that in the future cells and chemical reactions in our bodies will be scanned and examined in order to gather information to be collected, stored and processed? Technically speaking the composition uses exclusively a short audio recording of a MRI test. Spectral editing and resonant filters are chained in order to isolate restricted areas in the whole sound object. The foundation material is clearly revealed only at the very end of the piece.

  • Antonio D’Amato (Italy) is intoxicated by music. He graduated at conservatory in Piano, Harpsichord, Music for multimedia, Music pedagogy and Electronic music. He also studied composition for eight years, bassoon for three years, baroque organ and audio engineering. In 2010 he was Ondes Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA 2015. Martenot student in Strasbourg and Paris. At university he was student in Media and Communication. At the moment his main interest is joining traditional composition procedures and the wide opportunities of computer-based music. Some of his instrumental works are published by Forton Music, U.K. His first electronic composition was selected for a performance during the ICMC 2012 Conference. His works have been performed in Australia, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Taiwan and USA.