Tempo Reale

The centre

The centre

Centre for Music Production, Research and Education

Founded by Luciano Berio in Florence in 1987, it is now one of the main European reference points for research, production and educational activities in the field of new musical technologies and electronic music. Since its foundation the centre has been committed to the production of Berio’s works, working on the most prestigious stages in the world. The development of quality and creativity criteria derived from these experiences reverberated itself in the work that is continuously carried on with other great composers and artists as well as young and emerging musicians. The main subjects of research reflect the polyhedral attitude of Tempo Reale towards music: the conception of great musical events, the study of real time sound processing and interaction between sound and space, the synergy between creativity, scientific competence, performative and educational rigour. Events, meetings and projects developed at a local level regularly come alongside the research activities in this areas. On such occasions the centre cooperates with the main institutions of Tuscany, both in the field of music, theatre and dance, and in the promotion of a tight net of educational experiences.


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The archival collection presents itself as a conglomeration of materials acquired and produced by Tempo Reale in the twenty-five years following its foundation, up to the present day. The present condition of the archive corresponds to the organizational criteria that were defined at the end of the 90s in order to classify both historical and current material. The collection contains materials related to the centre's musical production and documents regarding Tempo Reale's activities (preparatory sound material, computer realization materials, audio/video recordings, posters, librettos, letters and documents). 

In parallel, the archive presents a section of “scores” containing works by twentieth century composers and a “documentation” section featuring other musical and technical materials pertaining the interpretation of electronic compositions penned by some of the most important historical composers and by other young talents.
The collection is ever-growing by nature and is constantly updated. The production or acquisition of new materials requires the continuous integration of its content.

Tempo Reale's archive is a part of and adheres to the following national project:

MiBAC – Unified Informational System for Superintendence of the Arts

MiBAC – Portal for Musical Archives

In 2012 Tempo Reale's Archive was recognized by Tuscany's Superintendence of Archival Heritage as a institution of “particularly important historical interest”.

The center also has in storage the following archives:
-Albert Mayr's “Soundscape” Archive





Villa Strozzi

Tempo Reale is located on a hill just outside the historical center of Florence, in the Oltrarno area (Quartiere 4), on the top floor of Villa Strozzi, a building from the 16th century restored in the 19th century by architect Giuseppe Poggi. Here are both the offices and the studios where production and research are carried on and some of the public events arranged by the center take place in this location as well.
Studio A is a production and post-production digital studio, equipped with audio devices, computers, and a multi channel sound diffusion system, used in main productions.
Studio B as well is equipped with audio devices, computers, and a modular multi channel sound diffusion system. Besides its use as production and post-production studio, Studio B also hosts minor public events (concerts and seminars) and various educational activities.
In the last years the centre has used the Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, that neighbors the villa, for a series of concerts of the Tempo Reale Festival.

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