Research

Christian Benvenuti is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) with a CAPES grant and the director of the Nucleus of Information Theory, Music, and Expectation Studies – NE_TIME (Núcleo de Estudos em Teoria da Informação, Música e Expectativa). He is also an ad-hoc journal and symposia reviewer. A selection of his publications can be found in his Academia.edu page.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

His research broadly concerns the relationship between music information and the corresponding emotional message. He is currently preparing a project on issues such as the intricate dynamics between extremes of complexity and redundancy/repetition and the aesthetic features of information involved in music production and reception. In composition, Christian is interested in generative processes and methods that trigger a creative response from the composer, forming a duality of determinacy and intuition. His interests also include:

  • Acoustic and electroacoustic music composition
  • Algorithmic music
  • Music and emotion
  • Music and mathematics
  • Contemporary opera
  • Information dynamics of music
  • 20th and 21st century music analysis
  • Music and dance
  • Music, identity and politics
  • Information ethics and aesthetics

TEACHING

  • Composition (acoustic/electroacoustic)
  • Instrumentation and Orchestration
  • Analysis
  • Music Technology
  • Master’s supervision

At the Federal University of Paraná, he has also taught and developed the curriculum of Music and Information, an interdisciplinary unit intended for postgraduate students as a research tutorial on the subject.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Música Nova: Ruído e a Estética da Informação Infinita” [New Music: Noise and the aesthetics of infinite information] In: I Seminário de Artes, Cultura e Linguagens, 2014, Juiz de Fora, Proceedings of the I SACL, 2014.

“O Enigma de Wittgenstein: estética e estatística” [The Wittgenstein’s Puzzle: Aesthetics and statistics] In: Simpósio de Estética e Filosofia da Música, 2013, Porto Alegre. Proceedings of the SEFiM, 2013.

HURON, D. “Metodologia – O Novo Empirismo: musicologia sistemática em uma era pós-moderna.” [Methodology – The New Empiricism: Systematic musicology in a postmodern age] Translation: Christian Benvenuti. In: Revista Em Pauta, v. 20, nº 34/35. Porto Alegre: UFRGS, 2012

HURON, D. “Um instinto para a música: seria a música uma adaptação evolutiva?” [An Instinct for Music: Is music-making an evolutionary adaptation?] Translation: Christian Benvenuti. In: Revista Em Pauta, v. 20, nº 34/35. Porto Alegre: UFRGS, 2012

“A Entropia da Música: Teoria da Informação, Composição Musical e Complexidade” [The Entropy of Music: Information theory, music composition, and complexity] In: XXI Congresso da ANPPOM, 2011, Uberlândia. Proceedings of the XXI Congresso da ANPPOM, 2011.

Sound, Noise and Entropy: An essay on information theory and music creation. PhD dissertation. University of Surrey, Guildford, 2010.

“The Certainty, the Impossible, and what Lies Between: Investigating information theory as a tool for shaping expectancy” In: 2nd International Conference for PhD Music Students, 2009, Thessaloniki. Proceedings. Thessaloniki: Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University, 2009. p. 243 – 251

SELECTED EVENTS, TALKS, AND LECTURES

“Análise da Informação Musical Usando Pure Data: conceitos e exemplos”. [Music Information Analysis Using Pure Data: Concepts and examples] In: 1º Colóquio do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Música da UFPR, Curitiba, 2015.

BENVENUTI, Christian and WOLFF, Silvia. “P-U-N-C-H: Representational Codes of Power and Repression in a Contemporary Opera”. 15th International Conference of the Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2015.

“Controle Social e Ética da Informação na Ópera P-U-N-C-H”. [Social Control and Information Ethics in the Opera P-U-N-C-H] V Seminário de Inovação em Governo Eletrônico. Companhia de Processamento de Dados do Rio Grande do Sul, 2014.

“Música, músicos e instrumentos musicais medievais: uma visão geral” [Medieval Music, Musicians, and Instruments: An overview]: Curso Técnico em Instrumento Musical, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Sul, 2013.

Música Contemporânea Latinoamericana? [Contemporary Latin-American Music?]  – Festival BABEL: música.colaboração.vertigem. Round-table talk. Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, 2013

“Finding the Context: Segmentation of Non-Tonal Music”. University of Surrey Research Seminar, University of Surrey, 2010.

“The Entropy of the Thoughtful Lightness: Information theory analysis of an Elliott Carter’s piece”. University of Surrey Research Seminar, University of Surrey, 2008.

“Polychronic Time: Directions on a study on composers and techniques”. University of Surrey Research Seminar, University of Surrey, 2007.