_(lockdown ideas)_ : some old work based on data/video/sound transmission between distant places

Zoom Up (2010)

– networked musical performance between two players
– bilateral transmission of video and performance data (not audio)
– between Paris and Graz


Invisible Line (2009)

– interaction between 2 persons in separate locations
– bilateral transmission of body analysis data and low-res image
– between Hamburg and Genova)


They are Here (2008)

– 2 networked spaces
– unilateral transmission of video and sound from outside to inside


Reactive Ambient Music (2004)

– unilateral transmission of sound from different parts of a building / also used to transform the soundscape of home


Sounds for a new L&L – Luce&Light stand

This is a test for a [lights + words + sound] exhibition stand by L&L Luce&Light srl, which was meant to be presented at Light+Building 2020 in Frankfurt (postponed because of C19). Architecture and light design by traverso-vighy architetti; narration concept and texts by Carlo Presotto; sounds by me; technique by Giochi di luce.

Five Ringtones



Five ringtones for peaceful people.
Low intrusiveness, low urgency, low annoyance.

Watch here a smartphone playing a few excerpts :

For many of us, today’s common ringtones are acoustically intrusive, create a feeling of unnecessary hurry and become annoying in the long term : just look at a person desperately scrambling to answer a loud phone in a quiet train, while other passengers look and frown.
The ringtones of this collection explore the opposite direction.
They are discreet (low intrusiveness), occupy as little acoustical space as possible, and because of their precision can be diffused at low volume.
They suggest a calm action (low urgency) – they don’t push the user to answer immediately, thanks to their slow temporality.
They are sustainable in the long term (low annoyance), because they limit as much as possible elements (like melodies or grooves) that provoke unnecessary cognitive load.

From psychoacoustics to soundscape studies, intrusiveness, urgency and annoyance are well studied features of audio signals. Today we are aware of their negative effects on mental states and mood. We also know which dimensions of sound can cause these negative effects.
It is impossible to completely remove intrusiveness, urgency and annoyance : part of these effects depends on variables (background noise, cognitive elements, personality types…) which cannot be controlled. But it is possible to minimize the negative impact of sounds signals around us. Sounds like these ringtones are a first step towards a less nervous life.

Use these ringtones when you are planning to stay in quiet soundscapes (ex. in a bookstore, inside your house, at the beach…). Associate these sounds to the contacts for which you don’t need (or don’t want) to rush to the telephone.
Play them at low volume.

Renault Symbioz Sound Design – Better Sound 2018 Audio Branding Academy

The sound design project for Renault Symbioz (in collaboration with IRCAM and Renault Innovation Lab) has received a nomination from the Audio Branding Academy, an international group of professionals, for “Better Sound 2018” – International Sound Awards.

A new electric autonomous demo car, the Renault Symbioz represents Renault’s vision of the automobile for 2030. The car was unveiled at the Frankfort Motor Show in 2017 and journalists had the chance to test it. To curate the sonic aspects of this project, in 2016 an industrial collaboration was initiated between Renault’s Design/Innovation Lab departments, and IRCAM’s Sound Perception and Design Team, represented by engineer-researcher Nicolas Misdariis, and sound designer Andrea Cera. The Renault Symbioz sound design project offered two challenges: the design of an external sound to warn pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence, and the design of a collection of sounds for the car’s interior.


Audio Branding Academy page on Renault Symbioz :

Interview with Andrea Cera and Nicolas Misdariis (IRCAM) :

Low-intrusiveness sound design for L&L

This is the stand designed by Traverso-Vighy architects for L&L (Italian brand of lighting systems), in occasion of the Light + Building 2018 trade fair.

For this project I created a low-intrusiveness soundscape, experimenting on convergences with the features of the lights design. Our goal was to create a peaceful space, an oasis of tranquillity in the usually chaotic ambience of trade fairs : the semi-closed design of the space gives a feeling of privacy, while the semi-transparent nature of some of its elements prevents a sense of claustrophobic separation. We wanted to avoid the use of background music, which adds up to the general sonic confusion of a trade fair soundscape and, in the long run, fatigues the attention processes of the people working in the stand. We decided to use only concrete sounds (field recordings + procedural audio made with MaxMSP) and to articulate them following a structure of breathing cycles.

(photos by Giovanni Traverso)

There are two cycles. The fast one repeats at 8,5 seconds intervals, the slow one at 1 minute intervals. The faster cycle functions almost like a LFO modulation of the overall amplitude. The slower cycle controls the long cross-fading between audio materials. The lights works in the same way for each RGB channel : the fast cycle controls the relative fades, whose actual boundaries are set by the slow circle. A MaxMSP patch sends a sync signal to the lights controllers, every 3 minutes. The loudspeakers are hidden in the architecture, and it is almost impossible to locate them acoustically; the sounds are diffused at very low amplitudes, which makes the installation very fragile acoustically (a change in number of visitors can make the sounds almost disappear).