Sempre Libera 2, Embodied

The theater of Tor Bella Monaca in Rome and University of Rome Tor Vergata, in collaboration with UC Irvine, present “Sempre Libera 2, Embodied”. This international concert of electroacoustic music, dance and live video design adopts next-generation technologies developed within the Musical-Moods project.

The event will be preceded by a meeting with the author, Dr. Fabio Paolizzo, and the artists. In the meeting, special focus will be given to the aesthetics of the work, as well as to the technologies of motion capture and computational creativity adopted for its realization.
Sempre Libera 2, Embodied” is the last interactive compostion of Fabio Paolizzo. The work draws from “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi.

with Moods Ensemble

►Fabio Paolizzo | VIVO interactive music system, composition
►Alipio C Neto | Tenor Saxophone

with the participation of:
► John Crawford | Active Space intermedia performance system, live video design
►Lisa Naugle | Choreography
► DTM2 | Dance ensemble

The event is organized in collaboration with the Master in Sonic Arts of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

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Talk at “A Body of Knowledge: Embodied Cognition and the Arts Conference”

On December 10 2016, I gave a talk from my next article “Enabling Embodied Analogies in Interactive Music Systems”, on the concept and implementation of embeddedness in interactive systems for these to translate between domains and “make analogies”.

The conference “A Body of Knowledge: Embodied Cognition and the Arts” at UC Irvine brougth together an interdisciplinary group including cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, philosophers of mind, physiologists, psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, computer scientists, artists and designers to explore emerging cognitive neuroscience and theories of embodied cognition. The talk was part of the panel “Where is the body in Code?” with Dr. Chris Salter.

Talk and Performance at “Pathways to Possible Worlds”


On May 27th I gave a Question & Answer session and a performance at “Pathways to Possible Worlds: Science Fiction and Sustainability” at the Calit2 building at UCI. I discussed how the technology under development in the Musical-Moods project can be used to build new tools for partecipative democracy, as well as to increase collective awareness and emotional intelligence in the global discourse.

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This day-long event explored the interplay between science fiction and sustainability in policy, public opinion, popular culture and practice with artists and researchers working with science fictionality. Science fiction has always proven a fertile meeting ground for the natural and social sciences and the humanities, and issues of sustainability and the future demand broad-reaching, cross-disciplinary thinking. In this workshop, science fiction authors join in conversation with students and faculty to reflect on the logic of sustainability within the realm of science fiction. What kind of choices lead to one kind of world or the other, and what effects do the depiction of these choices have on actions in the present? Can science fiction and its critical methodologies allow a greater immersion into science fictionality as a conceptual mode for reflecting on the future? What pathways to possible worlds do we see stretching before us, and how might we influence where they lead?

* Jonathan Alexander
* Gregory Benford
* Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
* Anil Menon
* Fabio Paolizzo
* Josh Tanenbaum
* Sherryl Vint

Talk at ICIT within the Colloquium Series

I have been invited by Prof. Kojiro Umezaki to give a talk within the ICIT Colloquium Series on January 12 2016. This will be my first talk on the project at UCI and we will start disclosing some research details. I will be presenting results from my last stretch of research and how these lead to Musical-Moods, with a specific focus on the musical aspects of the project. Prof. Lisa Pearl and Prof. John Crawford will join the talk and describe their perspective involvement in the project.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Contemporary Arts Center 3201 (Colloquium Room)
Presenter: Fabio Paolizzo

*** OPEN TO ALL ***

How can interactive music systems create novel music, support human music-making and comprehension, as well as enhance the audience experience?

This talk provides an overview of a new research program in which UCI is partnering with University of Rome Tor Vergata. We have been awarded funding of approximately $270,000 from the European Commission to bring a visiting scholar from Italy, Dr. Fabio Paolizzo, to UCI for a period of two years to carry out a project titled “A mood-indexed database of scores, lyrics, musical excerpts, vector-based 3D animations, and dance video recordings,” short title “Musical-Moods,” based on his previous research in electroacoustic music, music cognition and computational creativity.

The Musical-Moods project aims at the development of a mood-indexed and multimodal database for use in next generation interactive media systems. The research will include multidisciplinary tools and methods drawn from a broad range of disciplines, including sciences (cognitive science, human-computer interaction, machine learning, natural language processing, signal processing), arts (music, dance, motion capture and 3D animation) and humanities (musicology, history of music, philosophy). In addition to the exciting potential for this work as an enabling platform for intermedia performance, other potential applications include user profiling for media industries, improving access to musical heritage, services for audio on demand, education and training activities and music therapy.

In the School of the Arts, Dr. Paolizzo will be working with faculty and students on various aspects of the research, including applications of motion capture technologies using our Vicon system and development of new tools and methods for using Prof. John Crawford’s Active Space intermedia performance framework in conjunction with the multimodal database. Project activities will be centered in the Performance Capture Studio in the Contemporary Arts Center, which is a 2000 sq. ft. dance studio featuring a 30-camera Vicon motion capture system coupled with a green-screen digital video capture environment. The Performance Capture Studio is dedicated to research and development of advanced technologies for representing human movement.

In the Department of Cognitive Sciences, Dr. Paolizzo will be working with Prof. Lisa Pearl on the automatic classification of emotional content from text, specifically focusing on music lyrics, either matching the emotional content of the music they accompany or providing a counterpoint to it. Identifying the emotional content of the lyrics separately from that of the music provides useful information about how the overall emotional content of a piece is conveyed. This project involves (1) adapting existing wisdom-of-the-crowd approaches to create a music lyrics dataset that covers a variety of emotions, and (2) applying linguistically-informed machine learning techniques to that dataset to automatically identify the emotional content of the lyrics.

For directions and further information, please visit the announcement page on the UCI website.