Daniele Pozzi

Studies on Autonomy

9 Oct. 2021 | 12:00

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Studies On Autonomy is the name of a text file that I created on December 4th 2020, and that, at the time of writing – September 2021 -, I still keep updating and modifying. It collects a number of recursive sound experiments, inspired by (eco)systemic approaches in sound composition, and formulated in computer code. In particular, they engage with the emergent aesthetics of positive and negative feedback relationships in DSP networks, and with the speculative potential of this peculiar form of composition. Indeed, they are composed through a kind of algorithmic experimentation that does not center around a specific ‘result’, or a clearly defined point of arrival. They rather develop through iterative cycles of speculation, (re)formulation, implementation and careful listening, in which aesthetic problems and artistic concerns are constantly shifting, evolving and emerging. As such, Studies on Autonomy can never be completed. In my intermezzo you will hear instances of this experimentation: small processes that, for their aesthetic qualities, I decided to crystallize in the text file and to record on disk.

Each study consists of a network of DSP relationships that defines a closed dynamical system. In bio-cybernetic terms, the system is sonically “self-sustaining”, meaning that the network is able to autonomously maintain its oscillations for an indefinite period of time. This is achieved through a set of positive and negative feedback mechanisms that transform, amplify or suppress sounds to preserve a condition of stability. These mechanisms are made perceivable in the sound forms that emerge out of the overall process. Every study is composed with the aim of magnifying specific aesthetic qualities, but, due to the hardly predictable autonomous behavior of each network, a prescriptive formulation in that sense is impossible. Studies on Autonomy is thus an experiment at the intersection of compositional intentionalities and autonomies of sound processes.

Each study is initialized with a dirac impulse, and then let perform unattended. The intermezzo features recordings of the following studies: soa232310, soa095455, soa114507, soa150111.

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Daniele Pozzi (* 1990 in Padua, Italy) is a sound artist and composer in the field of electronic and computer music. His sound installations, live performances and improvisations develop at the interstices of music, technology and (eco)systems thinking, seeking to compose emergent sound situations. His work appeared in numerous international concerts, festivals and exhibitions, among others: SAR Conference 2021, xCoAx 2021, ICMC 2018, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Audio Mostly, BEAST FEaST. Daniele studied computer music and worked as research collaborator at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, and he is currently a doctoral candidate at the Doctoral School of Artistic Research at the same university.