Balandino Di Donato

balandino di donato

Dr Balandino Di Donato

Lecturer

Biography

Balandino Di Donato is Lecturer in Interactive Audio at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU).
He currently lead the funded BSL in Music Embodied Interaction project, and collaborates on a number of ENU projects.

He received a PhD in Designing Embodied Human-Computer Interactions in Music Performance from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University.

Before joining ENU, Balandino was Lecturer Creative Computing at University of Leicester. He has been Research Assistant at Goldsmiths - University of London's Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Unit (EAVI) working on the ERC funded project BioMusic led by Prof Atau Tanaka. In this project Balandino was Interaction and Sound designer for a wireless EMG board and AI-driven software for musical applications.
Balandino collaborated with De Montfort University on the Creative AI Dataset for Live Co-operative Music Performance project founded by the EPRSC HDI Network; and, with the University of Leicester on the Innovating and Crafting Sustainable Digital Ecosystems (INCITE) project. He worked at Integra Live on the Integra Live development, and at Centro Ricerche Musicali di Roma, he assisted the Composer Michelangelo Lupone and the artist Licia Gallizia in the realisation of interactive sound art installations.

Alongside his academic career, Balandino is a Sound Artist. He realised award-winning sound art installations (Biennale of Contemporary art and Design 2018, Biennale ArteScienza 2019) and performed in international conferences (NPAPW, ICMC, Audio Mostly, EmuFest and ElectroAQustica). From 2007 till 2014, he was a freelance Sound Engineer and Audio Technician supporting international music productions (Katie Perry, Backstreet Boys, McBusted, The Voice, Carl Palmer, etc).

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • Audio Mostly 2022 Best Short Paper Award Jury
  • Audio Mostly 2022 Paper session chair
  • Audio Mostly Workshop Chair

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Examiner for Creative Technologies MA/MSc program at De Montfort University

 

Invited Speaker

  • Talk at Mixed Reality Meetup
  • Human-Sound Interaction (HSI)
  • Human-Sound Interaction workshop

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Mixed Reality Scotland

 

Reviewing

  • Audio Developer Conference 2022
  • XXIII Colloquium of Musical Informatics
  • SoniHED Reviewer
  • Human Technology Journal
  • ACM CHI
  • Digital Creativity - Taylor & Francis Online

 

Date


14 results

Sign in Human-Sound Interaction

Book Chapter
Di Donato, B. (2022)
Sign in Human-Sound Interaction. In J. L. Drever, & A. Hugill (Eds.), Aural Diversity (187-192). New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003183624-21
This chapter explores the concept of Human–Sound Interaction (HSI) in music performance in the context of Aural Diversity. HSI focuses on human factors in experiencing sound a...

Procedural Audio For Virtual Environments Workshop

Presentation / Conference
Di Donato, B., & Selfridge, R. (2022, September)
Procedural Audio For Virtual Environments Workshop. Presented at Audio Mostly, St. Pölten, Austria
Sound design is a crucial aspect of interactive virtual environments (VEs). Often, this activity is fixated by the constraints of the tools we use or our perception of that me...

From a PhD to Assisting BioMusic Research

Book Chapter
Di Donato, B. (2021)
From a PhD to Assisting BioMusic Research. In C. Vear (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Practice-Based Research (642-649). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429324154-50
This chapter describes the author’s practice and experience in transitioning from being a PhD in Music Technology candidate to a research assistant on a large-scale funded pro...

Disembodied Voice

Exhibition / Performance
Di Donato, B. (2021)
Disembodied Voice. [Music Performance]. Performed at Naples (Italy). 27 November 2021 - 27 November 2021. (Unpublished
Disembodied Voice, for live electronics and voice, uses of electroacoustic technologies to disembody the voice from its singer. The singer will articulate and conduct her voic...

Disembodied Voice

Exhibition / Performance
Di Donato, B. (2021)
Disembodied Voice. [Live performance]. Performed at Matera Intermedia Festival 2021, Matera, Italy. 21 November 2021 - 5 December 2021. (Unpublished
Disembodied Voice, for live electronics and voice, uses of electroacoustic technologies to disembody the voice from its singer. The singer will articulate and conduct her voic...

tiNNbre: a timbre-based musical agent

Conference Proceeding
Bolzoni, A., Di Donato, B., & Laney, R. (2021)
tiNNbre: a timbre-based musical agent. In 2nd Nordic Sound and Music Conference
In this paper, we present tiNNbre, a generative music prototype-system that reacts to timbre gestures. By timbre gesture we mean a sonic (as opposed to body) gesture that main...

Gesture-Timbre Space: Multidimensional Feature Mapping Using Machine Learning and Concatenative Synthesis

Conference Proceeding
Zbyszyński, M., Di Donato, B., Visi, F., & Tanaka, A. (2021)
Gesture-Timbre Space: Multidimensional Feature Mapping Using Machine Learning and Concatenative Synthesis. In R. Kronland-Martinet, S. Ystad, & M. Aramaki (Eds.), Perception, Representations, Image, Sound, Music - 14th International Symposium, CMMR 2019, Marseille, France, October 14–18, 2019, Revised Selected Papers (600-622). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70210-6_39
This chapter explores three systems for mapping embodied gesture, acquired with electromyography and motion sensing, to sound synthesis. A pilot study using granular synthesis...

Human-Sound Interaction: Towards a Human-Centred Sonic Interaction Design approach

Conference Proceeding
Donato, B. D., Dewey, C., & Michailidis, T. (2020)
Human-Sound Interaction: Towards a Human-Centred Sonic Interaction Design approach. In MOCO '20: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Movement and Computinghttps://doi.org/10.1145/3401956.3404233
In this paper, we explore human-centered interaction design aspects that determine the realisation and appreciation of musical works (installations, composition and performanc...

Quantum GestART: identifying and applying correlations between mathematics, art, and perceptual organization

Journal Article
Mannone, M., Favali, F., Di Donato, B., & Turchet, L. (2021)
Quantum GestART: identifying and applying correlations between mathematics, art, and perceptual organization. Journal of Mathematics and Music, 15(1), 62-94. https://doi.org/10.1080/17459737.2020.1726691
Mathematics can help analyze the arts and inspire new artwork. Mathematics can also help make transformations from one artistic medium to another, considering exceptions and c...

HarpCI, Empowering Performers to Control and Transform Harp Sounds in Live Performance

Journal Article
Di Donato, B., Dooley, J., & Coccioli, L. (2019)
HarpCI, Empowering Performers to Control and Transform Harp Sounds in Live Performance. Contemporary Music Review, 38(6), 667-686. https://doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2019.1706351
The goal of our research is to provide harpists with the tools to control and transform the sounds of their instrument in a natural and musical way. We consider the developmen...

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