[FISEA 1988] Paper: Adriano Abbado – Perceptual Correspondences of Abstract Animation and Synthetic Sound


I started to be interested in ‘musique concrete’ and electronic music in 1974. In 1975, I began to study electronic music at the Conservatory of Milan. My music compositions since then have been conceived together with images. At first, in order to have a visual counterpart, I used simple tools such as slides and lights, but soon realized that a dynamic medium would be necessary to match the time-based structure of music. Therefore, I decided to paint a Super8-mm film by hand: I exposed a blank film to light without a camera and painted the transparent result with different inks. The final film was a very fast sequence of spots changing colors and shapes. The film was then coupled with a soundtrack containing a similar sequence of events. Even though there was not a one-to-one correlation between the audio and visual events, the effect was striking and successful.

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  • Adriano Abbado (IT) made his first experiments with photography and ambient sounds in 1972. In 1977 he got the degree of Electronic Music Composition at the Milan Conservatory. In 1981 he began working with digital images and sounds. Between 1982 and 1986 he taught Computer Graphics at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, while in 1985 he taught Electronic Music at the Turin Conservatory. In 1985 he co-authored the book  Immagini con il computer, published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. In 1986 his work  Isomorfismi Suono Luce was shown at the Venice BiennaleIn the same year he received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the MIT Media Laboratory, where in 1988 got a M.S. degree with the thesis Perceptual Correspondences of Abstract Animation and Synthetic Sound. [source: noisegrains.com]