VIVO (Video Interactive VST Orchestra): An Interactive and Adaptive Musical Instrument for Self-reflection in Music

By Fabio Paolizzo.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The aim of the research is to create a software musical instrument that allows for an aware exploration of the self, through self-reflection in music. The investigation is interdisciplinary and operates across the fields of musicology, software development and composition.
The study focuses on specific logics of compatibility between human agents and technology. These are then implemented, at the design stage, in a software tool. Finally, the piece of software is tested within art projects to validate the implementations or to correct the theoretical assumptions and, therefore, to further improve the framework. This software musical instrument is VIVO (Video Interactive Vst Orchestra).
This paper illustrates the main features of VIVO, the theories behind the implementations and the evidence that was gathered from tests within two specific art projects.

Keywords: Interactive Music, Interactive Musical System, Self-reflection, Dynamic Orchestration, Video Tracking, Unconscious Signals, Embodiment, Self-awareness, Rules of Improvisation, Dynamic Morphology, Computer Music, Acousmatic Music, Electroacoustic Music

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.149-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.934MB).

Fabio Paolizzo

PhD Student, Music Technology, University of Kent, Chatham, Medway, UK

Fabio Paolizzo is a composer, musicologist and software developer. He is a Ph.D. researcher and a GTA in the School of Arts at the University of Kent, UK. He was formerly in the Department of History, Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. In the last six years, he focused his research on interactive arts and computer musical systems. He regularly performs in Europe, often collaborating with artists from other disciplines. (


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