Riccardo Bianchini astronomer and music composer

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Riccardo Bianchini astronomer and composer


Cipriani A. 2007. “Riccardo Bianchini and Electronic Music” in Musica/Tecnologia n.1, Firenze University Press (it contains the definitive catalogue of Riccardo Bianchini works) 

Riccardo Bianchini astronomer and electronic music composer

…01-16-1969. Sometimes it seems to me that the music I write doesn’t have a beginning or end but is simply the transference into our dimension of music that always exists without interruption in another dimension, something like an infinite tape that is always running which is attached to a loudspeaker every once in a while… I’m leafing through Riccardo Bianchini’s diaries; he wrote this thought when he was 23 years old… 5 years later, in 1974, he would begin teaching electronic music, first in Pescara, then in Milan and finally at the Conservatory of Rome, where he died unexpectedly on June 9, 2003, as he was getting ready to go into the classroom. Bianchini has always been linked to musical research, to passion for experimentation, to a profound knowledge of the relationship between science and music. As a composer, teacher, researcher he was very open, profoundly human, dedicated and vital. Looking at the diaries from his younger years that his wife Ambretta kindly showed me a few days ago, I discover many unknown aspects of a composer who was generally unaware of competition and power, from both political and human points of view. And perhaps it was for this that the newspapers wrote very little about him at his death (with the exception of a nice article by Nicola Sani in «Diario» N. 24).

The Astronomical Copernican Museum of Rome

Riccardo Bianchini

Riccardo Bianchini composer

1946 Riccardo Bianchini was born in Milan (Italy), on June 23rd.
1961-1973 Studies Piano, Composition and Electronic Music at the Conservatorio “G.Verdi”.
1964-1970 Studies Mechanical Engineering in Milan Politecnico University.
1973 Begins practicing computer music on mainframes (CNUCE, Pisa).
1973-1983 Italian transations of The Oxford History of Music, vol X, Charles Rosen’s The Classical Style and Sonata FormsR.Dick’s The Other Flute, Henri Pousseur’s Electronic Music.
1974-1980 Professor of Electronic Music in Conservatorio “L.D’Annunzio”, Pescara.
1977 Founds ensemble edgar varèse, a chamber group with repertoir from Venetian ‘500 school to contemporary music, and conducts it in over 20 concerts.
1978 Computer Music Workshop in Padua (CSC), works with MUSIC360 on a IBM  mainframe.
1980-1984 Professor of Electronic Music in Conservatorio “G.Verdi”, Milan. Works with Music11 on a PDP-11.
1987-… Professor of Electronic Music in Conservatorio “S.Cecilia” in Rome

1980-1990 Produces and presents a number of concerts and programs about contemporary music at RAI-Radiotre (Italian State Radio).
1990-1992 Hypermusic, a software package for learning music (PC and Mac versions).
1981-1987 Computer Music summer courses in Varenna, Città di Castello (Festival delle Nazioni) and Montepulciano (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte).
1992 Founds Farfensemble, a chamber group with repertoir from Venetian ‘500 school to contemporary music, and conducts it in concerts, broadcastings, recordings.
1995-2000 Computer Music courses at EUM (University Music School) in Montevideo, Uruguay, and LIPM (Laboratorio de Investigacion y Produccion Musical) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1997 Computer Music course and lecture at Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Cordoba, Argentina
1990-1997 Writes Computer Music: a manual of musical informatics (in italian).
1997 Collaborates to Csound Book, MIT Press.
1998 Co-author of “Il Suono Virtuale, sound synthesis with Csound for PC and Mac, with Alessandro Cipriani, published by  
1998 Computer Music courses at EUM (University Music School) in Montevideo, Uruguay, LIPM (Laboratorio de Investigacion y Produccion Musical) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Cordoba, Argentina.
1998 Partecipates in XII Colloquium of Musica Informatics (Gorizia, Italy)
1998-1999 Csound courses on the Internet (in Italian)
1999 Computer Music courses at EUM (University Music School) in Montevideo, Uruguay, LIPM (Laboratorio de Investigacion y Produccion Musical) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Cordoba, Argentina, Universidad de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Courses in Accademia “Santa Cecilia”
2000 Mayexhibition in Rome, raku works by Yvonne Ekman, presentation of my “Sottovoce” for tape.
July/August: Computer music courses and concerts at LIPM (Buenos Aires), Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza), conference and concert at Universidad de Chile (Santiago de Chile); November: conferencs and concerts in Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso /Chile).
Publishing of “Virtual Sound”
2001: July/August: courses and concerts at LIPM (Buenos Aires), Universidad Nacional de Cordoba and Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza (Argentina) and in Universidad Nacional de Valparaiso (Chile). Concert as a conductor in Teatro de Viña del Mar (Chile). November: Rome, Course on Sound Spatialization, CRM.
January: Publishing of 2nd edition of “Il Suono Virtuale”. February: Participation in “Contemporara 2002, Forum di musica contemporanea”, Tolentino (MC). Presentation of CD “Sax Chorus”, including the composition Per larghi prati, for 12 saxophones.
August/September: course and concert in LIPM; course and concert in University of Lanùs (Buenos Aires, Argentina); course and conducting my “Rosengarten” with Orquesta SInfonica Regional (Valparaiso/Vina del Mar, Chile)
December: concert with Cecilia Elettrica group, Sala Accademica, Rome, XXV Festival di Musica Verticale

Articles and essays published in: Rivista IBM, Musica, 1985 La Musica, Musica Domani, musica/realtà, Perspectives of New Music, Lettera dall’Italia (Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana).

Member of: direction of association musica verticale, National Committee for Musicology (Italian Ministery of School and University), Advisory Board of Conservatorio “Santa cecilia”

Computer Skills: programming in Fortran, Basic, 6502 Assembler,  Visual Basic, C, C++, HTML, Javascript.

Languages: Italian, Latin, English, Spanish, basic French and German.

Hobbies: astronomy, olive-tree cultivation and olive oil production, mountain climbing.

Family: Ambretta (wife), Pablo (b.1967), Cecilia (b.1978) and Carlotta (b.1983), plus 15 cats.

Music software

I have developed a number of programs to ease the use of Csound and to ease computer music composition in general.Originally this software was written for personal use, but as it appeared useful to other people, I decided to share it with the computer music community.

WCShell a Csound fornt-end and much more

Musica a CSound-oriented score editor

Spaghetti a graphical object-oriented Csound orchestra editorWARNING: this is a beta version!
Installation note: unzip all files in a new folder, preferably called SPAGHETTI.

Scorex v.5.22 a spreadsheet-like score processor (included in WCSHell installation)

Visit the URL http://web.tiscali.it/santacecilia/sme/download/index.html for additional Csound related software

 Riccardo Bianchini official web

Alessandro Cipriani and Riccardo Bianchini

CD and LP

10 storie zen, for flute, clarinet, percussion, viola, cello and piano (1989 – 10:30), PAN PRC S2062 
WNC Ensemble

Roèn, for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and piano (1982 – 5:00), PAN CDC 3010 
L’Artisanat Furieux Ensemble, dir. Tonino Battista

Klimt, for flute, oboe clarinet, violino, viola, cello, piano and tape (1991 – 10:50) 
Romensemble, dir. Flavio Emilio Scogna

Per larghi prati, for 12 saxophones (1995-1998), CD phMusicWorX, 

Collettivo II, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello and piano (1976 – 5:00), EDI-PAN
haiku, for piano and tape (1976 – 8:53), Nora Garcia, piano
Concerto aperto, for cello, trombone, piano & percussion, double bass, drums, tape and live electronics (in collaboration with G.Liguori) (1981 – 43:22), P.Milesi, L.Bonvini, G.Liguori, P.Liguori
La principessa senza tempo, for flute and tape (1985 – 14:22), Marzio Conti fl.
Our Faust, for clarinet, trombone, double bass and live electronics (1987-15:42), ElectraVox Ensemble
Fanes, for flute and G flute (1 performer) (1988 – 10:10), Stefano Conti fl.
Preuss, for violin, cello and tape (1988 – 16:33), Mario Buffa vl, Luigi Lanzillotta vc.
Divertimento, for 13 instruments and quadraphonic tape (1988 – 8:25), Gruppo Bruno Maderna, dir. F.Neri
Machu Picchu, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tape (1993 – 15:29), Farfensemble, dir. R.Bianchini
Canciones para las estrellas, for stereo tape (1997 – 7:15)
Canciones para las estrellas, for piano and tape (1997 – 8:04), Nora Garcia, piano
Los pájaros del sueño, for clarinet and tape (1998 – 10:53), Guillermo Sanchez, clarinet
Montevideana, soundscape (2000 – 5:00)
Sottovoce, for stereo tape (2000 – 6:00)
Two pieces for a video for tape (2001 – 2:10)


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