White Bar
Taylor Building

 

University Forums will

be held at 2 p.m. in the

Taylor Chapel.

 

A question-and-answer 

sessionis will follow at 3 p.m.

University Forum

Thursday, May 19, 2016

 

2 p.m.

Taylor Chapel

 

Domenico Vicinanza, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Electronics, Director of Sound and Game Engineering Research Group (SAGE), and Faculty of Science & Technology at Anglia Ruskin University

 

Keith Smith 

"Music, Science, and Technology: From a Natural Synergy to a Driver for Innovation"

 


 

Dr. Domenico Vicinanza is a musician and a scientist. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Physics working at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN, Geneva) and he is a professional music composer and orchestrator. He is a product manager for GÉANT and a Senior Lecturer at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where he also leads the Sound and Game Engineering Research Group. Always fascinated by how music and science are a continuous quest for harmony, he was one of the pioneer of data sonification for scientific and artistic purposes. Since the end of 1990s he supported scientists in different fields, from hydrobiology to cosmology, from earth science to particle physics providing, through sound, different perspectives to their data.

 

At the same time he worked on the artistic aspect of writing music from science, creating music pieces by mapping scientific structures to melodies and sounds. He organized several concerts with different ensembles, from solo instruments to chamber and symphonic orchestras, playing music from science. He has an active collaboration with CERN, which commissioned an orchestral piece on scientific data, for their 60th anniversary and with NASA, writing music from data collected by the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes. 

 

His most recent research interests are on the applications of scientific data sonification in physics, neurobiology, motor control and biomechanics with colleague Dr. Genevieve Williams (Anglia Ruskin University).

 

Finally, he is also involved in the application of distributed computing and advanced networking technologies to music and visual arts as the founder and technical coordinator of the ASTRA (Ancient instrument Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) and the Lost Sounds Orchestra projects for the reconstruction of musical instruments on the Research and Education networks GÉANT and EUMEDCONNECT.