Founded in 1993 by Mauro Cardi, Luigi Ceccarelli, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi and Alessandro Cipriani, Edison Studio is internationally recognized in the electroacoustic music scene thanks to the numerous prizes and awards it has received for its works (Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, Prix Ars Electronica, International Computer Music Conference, Venice Biennale, Ravenna Festival, Musica Nova Praga, etc.).
The Studio’s activity is based on the production of collective live electroacoustic works. The constant and mutual co-operation between the composers, over time, allowed common ideas to cross over from individual approaches into a single and unified style. Edison Studio recovers the old tradition of silent movies with live music, including the re-invention of sound environments and voices of the characters.
Mauro Cardi Mauro Cardi (Roma, 1955) received his musical education at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, with Gino Marinuzzi jr., Guido Turchi ed Irma Ravinale, where he took a diploma in Composition, Instrumentation and in Choral music. He continued his studies with Franco Donatoni at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In 1984 he attended the Ferienkürse in Darmstadt. In 1982 he won the International Valentino Bucchi Prize (Melos, for soprano and orchestra), in 1984 the Gaudeamus Preize (Les Masques, Quattro Capricci per flauto, viola e chitarra) and in 1988 the International Gian Francesco Malipiero Prize (In Corde, for orchestra). In 1987 Promenade: Variazioni sul blu was chosen by RAI to represent Italy at the International Composers’ Tribune organised by UNESCO. He composed two radio operas commissioned by RAI: in 1994 Temperatura esterna on a text by Michele Mari and, in 1996, La mia puntualità fu un capolavoro on a text by Marco Lodoli; in 1995, commissioned by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, he composed the opera Nessuna coincidenza. He has received commissions from the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia, Rome and Naples RAI Symphony Orchestras, Gaudeamus Fondation, City of Geneva, Biennale di Venezia, Ravenna Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Nuova Consonanza, Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, Società dei concerti B.Barattelli, Festival Pontino…
Luigi Ceccarelli He is a co-founding member of the “Edison Studio” and since the 1970s he has worked as a composer of music with live electronics. He is interested in all forms of sound, irrespective of genre, and in the relationships between music and the performing arts.?? His work as a composer has brought him international recognition (Bourges Festival Prizes, UBU Prize - given by Italian theatre critics, Ars Electronica – Linz, MESS Festival Prize in Sarajevo, Special Prize at the BITEF Festival in Belgrade, “Hear” Prize by Hungarian Television, Opus Prize” from the “Conseil de la Musique du Quebec”). His works have been chosen many times for performance at the International Computer Music Conference and?? he has written various works for radio produced by the Italian broadcaster RAI and he composed work for theatre with “Teatro delle Albe”, “Fanny & Alexander”, and work for dance with “Wee Dance Company” and Robyn Orlin.? Luigi Ceccarelli has held the post of Professor of Electronic Music at the Conservatory of Music of Perugia since 1979.
Fabio Cifariello Ciardi si dedica alla musica strumentale, a quella elettroacustica attraverso un approccio ‘ecologico’ nato dall’interesse per la percezione, la memoria e l’uso della tecnologia applicata ai diversi fenomeni acustici che raccontano il nostro presente. Di recente si interessa, in particolare, alla trascrizione strumentale delle inflessioni e dei ritmi della voce parlata. Suoi lavori sono stati eseguiti e commissionati da Biennale di Venezia, Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi di Firenze, Ravenna Festival, Società Barattelli; dalle orchestre Haydn di Trento e Bolzano, MilanoClassica, Sinfonica di Sanremo, ORL; dall'Institut für Neue Musik di Friburgo, dall’IMEB di Bourges (Francia). Dal 2006 le sue composizioni sono edite da Raitrade. A partire dal 2001, con Edison Studio, ha partecipato alla composizione e alla realizzazione delle colonne sonore dal vivo per i film muti "Gli Ultimi Giorni di Pompei", “Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari”, “Inferno”. Ha al suo attivo diverse pubblicazioni dedicate alla musica del novecento, alla psicologia, all’analisi della musica e al rapporto fra suono e spazio. Ha realizzato software originali per il calcolo della dissonanza, per la spazializzazione del suono, la sonificazione degli andamenti dei mercati finanziari e la trascrizione strumentale di voci parlate. È titolare della cattedra di Composizione presso il Conservatorio di Perugia.
Alessandro Cipriani completed his studies in music composition and electroacoustic music at the Conservatorio S.Cecilia in Rome with G.Bizzi and G.Piazza. He studied for a time with Barry Truax in Vancouver (Canada).
Since 1989 he has worked on intermedia pieces and audio-video multichannel and interactive installations, often in collaboration with visual artist Alba D’Urbano and director Giulio Latini, on pieces for instruments and electronics and electroacoustic pieces with traditional religious singers.
He has composed soundtracks for creative film-documentaries and silent movies, integrating an advanced concept of fusion between dialogue, sound environment and music, including the soundtrack of “Inferno” (1911) published in surround DVD on Cineteca di Bologna, “The Last Days of Pompeii” (1913), “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1919), the expressionist masterpiece by Robert Wiene, and “Blackmail” by Alfred Hitchcock, in collaboration with Edison Studio composers. He has also co-written the soundtrack for the 3D movie by Michel Comte “The Girl from Nagasaki” (to be released in 2014), in collaboration with Luigi Ceccarelli.