SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITYTempo Reale carries out researches in various areas of computer and experimental music. As regards the spreading of acoustics and the employment of digital technologies for music, the center plays a significant role in the Tuscan territory. In this context, new methods are always searched and developed for the popularisation of such subjects through theoretic teaching as well as through laboratories and workshops. Scholars from Italy and abroad are regularly invited to participate in public events. The research activity at Tempo Reale is mainly focused on digital technologies applied to music and it deals with topics of current international interest:
1) the study of new man-machine interfaces to manage and control gestural actions during concerts and live performances.
2) the automation of computing procedures taking place in complex spaces for live performance; the development of systems for the formalisation of scores featuring live electronics.
3) the design and testing of integrated performing environments with significant features of reliability when dealing with the instability variables typical of live performance and installations.
4) soundscape studies and creative applications.
5) the study of new forms of notation for the electronic part of music works, with particular care for the work of Luciano Berio.
Besides theoretic aspects, researchers at the center have designed and implemented two software tools: one for the spatialization of sounds and one for scheduling the performance of works featuring live electronics, called MEEG (Max Electronic Event Generator). Both these tools are regularly employed in main productions by Tempo Reale.
Research activities are completed by musicological studies on works (from the 20th century on) characterized by the presence of new technologies, especially on the problem of notation and transmission of the musical thought in relation to the parameters of live electronics.