Agostino Di Scipio, born in 1962 in Naples (Italy), graduated in the early 1990s from the Conservatory of L’Aquila, where he studied with the composers Michelangelo Lupone and Mauro Cardi. He has been a fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (2004–05) and many other artistic residency programs, and his compositions and sound installations have been presented worldwide and are internationally recognised as outstanding contributions to today’s new experimental music and sound art. In 2014, a special issue of Contemporary Music Review was devoted to presenting and discussing his unique Audible Ecosystemics project.
Di Scipio’s music is available on various labels (Edition RZ, Stradivarius, Wergo, Neuma, Die Schachtel, Chrysopeé Electronique and others). Together with Ciro Longobardi, he produced a large-scale version of John Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano (2012 Venice Biennale, available on Stradivarius).
With Mario Gabola he established a duo performing with recycled analogue circuitry (Upset, Viande, 2011). Di Scipio is also the composer of two chamber music theatre works, Tiresia (with the poet Giuliano Mesa) and Sound & Fury (based on various commentaries on Shakespeare’s The Tempest), with poetry reading and electronics.
Agostino Di Scipio was Professor of Electroacoustic Music Composition at the Conservatory of Naples (2001–13), and today he holds the same position in L’Aquila. He was Edgard Varèse Professor at the TU Berlin (2007–08), guest professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2004), at Centre Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis in Paris (2001–07) and many other institutions worldwide. He is a member of the PhD research team Ecologies du Son, Université Paris 8. Di Scipio has extensively researched the history, analysis and criticism of sound and music technologies, authoring several monographs as well as numerous shorter essays and articles that have appeared in international reviews.