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C4DM Seminar: Federico Fontana

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Date and Time Wednesday, 24th January 2018, at 11:00am

Place ITL Meeting Room (large room), Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS. Information on how to access the school can be found at

Speaker Federico Fontana

Title The musical keyboard is changing: what will we need to reconstruct sense of touch?

Abstract After decades of research and industrial development centered around the electronic substitution of traditional (electro-)mechanic keyboards, current market trends point toward a progressive virtualization of the keyboard concept, essentially obtained by interfacing the performer to a compact mobile synthesizer through novel motion sensors and multi-modal actuators. The talk will deal with touch response, actually a key factor in piano and other keyboard instrument playing, whose credible virtualization must involve diverse aspects of the reproduction ranging from its accurate real-time synthesis to the auditory and tactile perception of sonic feedback. Detailing these aspects will be an occasion to present past and present research activities conducted by the speaker, in the fields of interactive sound processing and in the design and subjective evaluation of musical interfaces.

Bio Federico Fontana is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical, Computer and Physical Sciences at the University of Udine, teaching auditory-tactile interaction, object-oriented programming and computer networks. He is Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics at the University of Udine. He led research projects in the Sound and Music Computing and Interaction Design areas. He co-authored more than 100 international publications -

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