New multidisciplinary course at SACI, SOUND ART, begins Fall 2015

Sound waves



Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: None

SACI is excited to introduce a new multidisciplinary course, SOUND ART, beginning in the Fall 2015 semester. This studio art class aims at exploring sound as a unique and powerful artistic medium. Sound Art can be considered an experimental field where the artist explores the expressive and artistic potential of any “sonic element” thus breaking the traditional boundaries between music, sound and noise. Sound Art approaches the world of sounds from an unrestricted perspective, thus making the field open to every artist who wants to explore this medium for creative purposes.

Projects are realized through the recording, manipulation, and editing of different aural phenomena such as music, noise, voices, and computer-generated sounds. These basic elements, once assembled, can form a “composition” in its own right, or they can be used as accompaniment to visual artwork projects in classes such as Installation & Performance Art, Animation, Video, Digital Multimedia, and Body Archives. At the end of the term, works created by the students will be presented in a public performance.

In order for the students to achieve the competence and skills necessary for the production of their own original Sound Art works, the following areas are covered:

  • Technological tools: an introduction to the use of specific software for music making, recording and editing (MIDI and audio files, use of microphones, recording techniques, manipulation of sound, etc.)
  • Formal structures: an introduction to the basic elements of acoustics and music theory, including the understanding of essential sound waves forms, rhythmical patterns, harmonic structures and basic compositional elements
  • Historical background: an overview and critical discussion of the ideas and works of the seminal musicians/artists who, since the beginning of the 20th Century, have expanded the conceptual frame of music, such as Luigi Russolo, Edgard Varèse, John Cage, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, etc.

Instructor Gian Luca Lastraioli has a Laurea in History of Music with Highest Honors from the University of Bologna, and a Renaissance Lute Diploma from the Conservatorio in Verona. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Regione Toscana for archival research in the National Library of Florence. His more than five hundred performances include concerts in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, England, Holland, Brazil, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Denmark, and Poland, and often he conducted the ensemble. He has worked on musical arrangements, radio broadcasts, and more than fifty recordings of Italian Renaissance and Baroque music. His most recent publications include The Complete Works of Paolo Pietro Borrono (Tree Edition, 2007), The Complete Works of Joan Ambrosio Dalza (Tree Edition, 2006), The Complete Works of Giulio Cesare Barbetta (Tree Edition, 2005) and The Complete Works of Bernardino Balletti (Tree Edition, 2001).

Since 2007, Gian Luca is the artistic director and musical conductor of the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini, an early music ensemble based in Florence. The mission of the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini project is the preservation and promotion of the musical repertoire that dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, large parts of which are still unedited and unpublished and rarely, if ever, performed in regular concert festivals or recorded. The two main sponsors of the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini are IMAF (International Music and Art Foundation) and SACI (Studio Art Centers International). Read more about Gian Luca here.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.


  1. calistus obi

    Hello Sir

          How can i participate on Sound Art programme  am a painter i the GambiaThank you Best Regard Calistus Obidike

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