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COT x Music #4: My Little Grundgestalten - Dr. Vincenzo de Florio

Location: Online
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In the Fifties, Arnold Schönberg introduced a model for music composition that he called "Grundgestalt", the basic shape. In this seminar I show how I interpreted this concept as a generative music model that translates the orbits of dynamic systems into musical components. I also describe a family of experiments that led me to the creation of simple and not-so-simple musical compositions, which I call "my little Grundgestalten”. Excerpts from a selection of those compositions will be presented.

Vincenzo de Florio is a computer science researcher and an amateur musician and composer. As a researcher, he received a PhD in applied sciences from the University of Leuven, and was post-doctoral researcher at K.U.Leuven and UAntwerpen. He is now a researcher with CLEA/VUB. His major interests are resilient systems and organization, adaptive and evolving systems, computational antifragility, complex systems, philosophy of science. He has published more than 100 papers and his google scholar  H-index is 24. In 2013 Vincenzo received an IBM Faculty Award for his research. He was keynote speaker and gave seminars in many prestigious venues. As an amateur composer, he writes jazz, neo-classic, prog-rock compositions, and Grundgestalts (Generative and hybrid compositions). One of his hybrid compositions was selected by Roel Vergauwen (programmator of the Rock Werchter) and broadcast on Studio Brussels last year.

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The COT x Music online seminars discuss the possible applications of reaction networks - in particular the Chemical Organization Theory (COT) - to generative systems in art, focusing on music & sound. This series is an international collaboration around the research project "The Origins of Goal-directedness: a Formal Scenario based on Chemical Organization Theory and Cybernetics" led by the Center Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and funded by the John Templeton Foundation. 

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