Alessandro Altavilla


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on mediation and transformation of listening experience through the design of interactive artefacts, particularly regarding themes of sense of place and space.

My artistic practice and research span across digital and interactive media, investigating topics such as sense of place, memory and mediation of listening experience. My projects have involved creating mobile sound installations, radio artworks broadcasting text-to-speech data streams, exploring issues within the film archives of British colonial history, interactive music using e-textiles and responsive sonic environments.

I co-authored the Gestural Sound Toolkit, a toolkit for rapid prototyping of interactive sound systems based on gestural-sound mappings, machine learning and digital sound synthesis and sample manipulation. I investigated how retroactive listening and sonic memories can be used to generate interaction scenarios using body movement, digital sound processing and motion sensors. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Designing from Listening: embodied experience and sonic interactions, Department of Computing Goldsmiths, University of London


Award Date: 13 Aug 2018

Masters, M.Res in Digital Media, Newcastle University

Sept 2009Sept 2011

Award Date: 8 Dec 2011

BA, B.Mus. in Music and New Technologies, Conservatory of Music, “N. Piccinni”, Bari

Award Date: 9 Oct 2008

External positions

Associate Lecturer in Interactive Media, University of York

2 Dec 201931 Aug 2021

Associate Lecturer , University of Lincoln, School of Film and Media

Jun 2018Jun 2019

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