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Ricardo Dal Farra

Ricardo Dal Farra
Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, QC – Canada H3G 1M8
Tel: 1-514-622-7541
Email: ricardo.dalfarra@concordia.ca

Ricardo Dal Farra (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1957) has been conducting activities in the merging fields of arts, sciences and new technologies as a composer and multimedia artist, researcher, educator, performer and curator focusing mainly on new media arts and electroacoustic music for more than 30 years. Dal Farra holds a PhD in Etude et pratiques des arts from Universite du Quebec a Montreal-UQAM.

He is Associate Professor of the Music Department and Associate Director of Hexagram, the Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Techologies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada; Founding Director of the Electronic Arts Research Centre (Centro de Experimentacion e Investigacion en Artes Electronicas - CEIArtE) at National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina; and Associated Researcher at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort Univerisity, United Kingdom.

Dal Farra has been director of the Multimedia Communication program at the National Ministry of Education in Argentina during seven years; Research/Creation Coordinator of the Hexagram interuniversity consortium in Canada; Director of the Musical Production Department at ORT Technical School in Argentina; Coordinator of the Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage (DOCAM) international research alliance in Canada; Director of the Estudio de Musica Electroacustica (Electroacoustic Music Lab); and national Education Manager at NCS Pearson, both in Argentina. He has also been consultant for organizations such as: The MIT Press in the US, the interuniversity project No2s in Chile, the Manuel Dorrego Institute in Argentina; and consultant and researcher at The Daniel Langlois Foundation in Canada and UNESCO (Digi-Arts), France.

He has taught media arts research-creation and history, electroacoustic music composition, improvisation, music technology, acoustics and psychoacoustics, music for films and recording arts in universities, conservatories and media arts centres, such as: National Conservatory of Music; National University of San Mart’n; Argentina Society for Music Education; Buenos Aires City - Superior Conservatory of Music; and National University of Tres de Febrero in Argentina.

Dal Farra co-designed and developed undergraduate and graduate, as well as college and high school programs focused on integrating art, scicence and technology, such as: the Electronic Arts (5-years) program at the National University of Tres de Febrero, and the Musical Production high school program at ORT Technical School, both in Buenos Aires. He has been leading e-learning projects, including the development of an innovative collaborative platform. As Coordinator of the Multimedia Communication national program, Dal Farra was conducting the team that developed the national standards for multimedia education, as well as standards for the sound and music, graphic, audiovisual and image synthesis professional sectors, all of them federally approved.

His recent research projects have been focused on: art, science, society and the global environmental crisis (Balance-Unbalance, 2010-2013; art! x climate, 2012-2013, with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre; and EChO, 2013); documentation and preservation of the electroacoustic music heritage (UNESCO, 2002-2003; The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology, 2003-2004 and 2007-2008; Ph.D. thesis, UQAM, 2006; and CMMAS, Mexico, 2013); multimedia communication (Multimedia Communication, national standards for new media education - National Ministry of Culture and Education, Argentina, 1996-1999; Redi, multimedia educational resources - National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Argentina, with GTZ, Germany, and Apple, USA, 2000-2001); visual-music research, creation and history (UVM 2011-2013); and digital arts resources and virtual communities (EARS Glossary, MTI - De Montfort University, 2006-2007 and 2009; BaDArtE, National University of Tres de Febrero, 2006-2013; redcatsur, Latin American art, science and technology network, CEIArtE-UNTreF, 2007-2013).

The electroacoustic and mixed music by Ricardo Dal Farra and his new media works have been performed/presented in concerts and symposiums and exhibitions in more than 40 countries. His music has been featured in 20 interantional recordings (by Frog Peak Music, Computer Music Journal, Bonk, Leonardo Music Journal, The Aerial, Pogus, CDCM-Centaur, O.O. Discs, Contemporary Music Review, Fondo Nacional de las Artes-Argentina, Consejo Argentino de la Musica, Circe, IRCO, etc) He has also performed with live interactive systems since the late 1970s. Dal Farra's work has been distinguished with grants and commissions by the International Computer Music Association; the International Arts Biennial of San Pablo, Brazil; the National Endowment for the Arts from Argentina; the Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France; the National Rostrum of Composers, Argentina; and the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale of the University of Padua, Italy, among others. He has been invited to present his music, research and educational developments in institutions such as: CCRMA - Stanford University, New York University, Dartmouth College, The Julliard School of Music and Brooklyn College in the United States; the University of Brasilia and Itau Cultural in Brazil; Mantis - The University of Manchester and MTI - De Montfort University in England; the National Conservatory of Music of La Paz in Bolivia; Seminario Internacional de Composicion in Costa Rica; the University of Puerto Rico; IRCAM and GRM in France; and Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and The Banff Centre in Canada.

Dr. Dal Farra directed radio series on electroacoustic music at the National Radio of Argentina and the Municipal Radio of Buenos Aires for more than 10 years. He also curated several CDs, like those published by: Leonardo Music Journal in 1994; O.O. Discs in 1998; and The MIT Press's Computer Music Journal in 1999. He is an active member of the Editorial Board of Leonardo (MIT Press) and Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press). And has also served on the Editorial Board of Leonardo Music Journal (1995-2012) and the Journal of New Music Research (1988-2012). Dal Farra is a Fellow of Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Musica de Arte; and is on the Organising Committee of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network – EMS; the boards of Earth-to-the-Earth, the Electronic Music Foundation's EMF Institute and Intelligent Arts; and the International Symposium of Electronic Arts - ISEA International Advisory Committee.

Some of his projects available online:

Balance-Unbalance, art, science, society and environment initiative: http://balance-unbalance2011.hexagram.ca and http://www.balance-unbalance2013.org

Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection - The Daniel Langlois Foundation: http://www.fondation-langlois.org/flash/e/stage.php?NumPage=542 Historical aspects of Latin American Electroacoustic Music - UNESCO / Digi-Arts: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=15191&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Understanding Visual Music - UVM conference series: http://uvm2011.hexagram.ca/about.html and http://ceiarteuntref.edu.ar/uvm_symposium

Hexagram Centre for Resarch-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. Concordia University. Montreal, Canada: http://hexagram.concordia.ca/researcher/ricardo-dal-farra

Electronic Arts Research Centre (Centro de Experimentacion e Investigacion en Artes Electronicas - CEIARTE). National University of Tres de Febrero. Buenos Aires, Argentina: http://ceiarteuntref.edu.ar

Several of his compositions are available for listening online, such as the International Computer Music Association commission-award Tierra y Sol: http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=1660 You can listen to 24 other pieces by Dr. Dal Farra at: http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/collection.php?zoom=6&Filtres=4&Numero=i00008289&MotsCles=Ricardo+Dal+Farra

Web site: http://hexagram.concordia.ca/researcher/ricardo-dal-farra

Updated 7 February 2014