Concordia University

Ricardo Dal Farra, PhD

Associate Professor , Music

Office: S-GM 500-07 
Guy-De Maisonneuve Building,
1550 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4707
Website(s): The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology
Concordia Archival Project

Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra 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 electroacoustic music and new media arts for more than 25 years. Dr. Dal Farra holds a PhD in Etudes et pratiques des arts from Université du Québec à Montréal.

He has presented his music, new media works, research and educational developments at institutions such as Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, New York University, Dartmouth College, The Julliard School of Music and Brooklyn College in the United States; the University of Brasilia and Itaú Cultural in Brazil; the National Conservatory of Music of La Paz in Bolivia; the University of Puerto Rico; the University of Manchester and De Montfort University in the United Kingdom; Festival Internacional de la Imagen iand Museo Nacional in Colombia; International Festival of Modern Art in Ukraine; Festival Latinoamericano de Música in Venezuela; International Audio Visueel Experimenteel Festival in The Netherlands; International Festival of Contemporary Music in Turkey; Symposium on Music and Computers in Greece; Colloquio di Informatica Musicale in Italy; Computer Music Festival in Korea; Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte in Mexico; National Museum of Contemporary Art in Norway; Universidad Católica, UNIACC University and ARCIS University in Chile; NYYD in Estonia; University of Sydney in Australia; Stockholmsfestivalen För ElektroAkustisk Musik in Sweden; Teatro Colón, Espacio Fundación Telefónica and National Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Argentina; Ontario College of Art & Design and The Banff Centre in Canada; and UNESCO and IRCAM in France.

Dr. 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 and the National Rostrum of Composers from Argentina, the Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France, and the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale from the University of Padua in Italy, among others.

Dr. Dal Farra is also the Founding Director of Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas - CEIArtE (Electronic Arts Experimenting and Research Centre) at National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina; Associated Researcher at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, De Montfort Univerisity, United Kingdom; and Senior Consultant for the Amauta - Andean Media Arts Centre in Cusco, Peru. He has been national Coordinator of the Multimedia Communication program at the National Ministry of Education and Director of the Estudio de Música Electroacústica (Electroacoustic Music Lab) in Argentina; Research/Creation Coordinator of the Hexagram interuniversity consortium and Coordinator of the Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage (DOCAM) international research alliance in Canada. He also also has been consultant for organizations such as: The MIT Press in the US, the interuniversity project No2s in Chile; and consultant and researcher at The Daniel Langlois Foundation in Canada and UNESCO (Digi-Arts), France. 

Dr. Dal Farra's recent research projects have been focused on documentation and preservation of the electroacoustic music heritage, multimedia communication and educational resources, digital arts resources and virtual communities, as well as composition and media arts creation.

Research activities

Selected research projects

Balance-Unbalance (BunB). Art, Science, Technology, Society and the Global Environmental Crisis.

6th BunB: Plymouth, United Kingdom 2017.

5th BunB: Manizales, Colombia 2016.

4th BunB: Phoenix, United States 2015.

3rd BunB: Noosa, Australia 2013.

2nd BunB: Montreal, Canada 2011.

1st BunB: Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010.

art! x climate. Sound-art miniatures international contest, organized with the Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre. 

Understanding Visual Music - UVM. Internacional conference series and activities: UVM Montreal 2011, UVM Buenos Aires 2013-2014, UVM Brasilia 2015. 

The aural body. Moving sound performance tools and techniques for 3D environments. Concordia University. 2013-2014.

Electronic Arts Education in Latin America. Current situation and trends in Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Venezuela. Argentina 2012-2013. 

Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection - The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology - Montreal, 2003-2005 and 2007-2008.

Historical aspects of Latin American Electroacoustic Music - UNESCO / Digi-Arts. France, 2002-2003.

EARS Glossary (Spanish version) - MTI, De Montfort University, UK.

Senior consultant for the Amauta Project in Cusco, Peru, since 2005.

Founding Director and principal researcher at Electronic Arts Experimenting Research Centre (CEIArtE-UNTreF) in Buenos Aires. Argentina, since 2002.

BaDArtE - electronic arts database (CEIArtE-UNTreF), Argentina.

redcatsur - a network of artists, scientists, engineers and theoreticians promoting collaboration in art, science and technology around Latin America.

National Ministry of Culture and Education, Argentina - multimedia communication, national standards for new media education,1996-2003.

National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Argentina - REDI, multimedia educational resources, with GTZ, Germany, and Apple, USA, 2000-2001.


Selected publications

[forthcoming: 2018] Research-Creation in Latin America. Book chapter, to be published in The Routledge ResearchCompanion to Electronic Music: Reaching out with Technology,edited by Simon Emmerson. Ashgate. UnitedKingdom.

[forthcoming: 2018] Arte, Educación, y Medios Electrónicos. Experiencias,desafíos y propuestas. Revista Observatório Itaú Cultural nº 24. Brazil.

2017 Investigación-Creación: Arte y Ciencia, Política yEconomía (…o la permanente búsqueda por eludir al Sistema). Book chapter in “Creaciónmusical, investigación y producción académica: desafíos para la música en launiversidad” [compiled by Daniel Quaranta], pp. 55-86. Centro Mexicano para laMúsica y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) [ISBN: 978-85-5512-310-8]. Mexico.

2017 Interacciones Electro[±]Acústicas (Entre lacomposición, la improvisación y la comprovisación) - versión 2015, revisada yactualizada. Updated and revised 2015 version. In Sonic Ideas/Ideas Sónicasjournal, year 9 no. 18. Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras(CMMAS) [ISSN 2317-9694]. Mexico.

2017 Space-time (dis)placement [(Des)locamento Espaço-Tempo].Curatorial text for the Immersphere fulldome festival and exhibition. Brazil. 

2016 Aboutthe history of music and technology in Latin America. InterArtive, a platformfor contemporary art and thought, Issue #90. Spain.    

2016 Arte sonoroy acciones humanitarias. EspaciosSonoros: La ciudad como lugar de experimentación, creación e investigaciónplurisensorial. Madrid: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. [ISBN: 978-84-617-9814-8].Spain. 

2015 Brisser les paradigms: artsélectroniques et actions humanitaires. Circuit, musiques contemporaines. Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal. Canada.

2015 Interacciones Electro[±]Acústicas (Entre la composición, la improvisación y la comprovisación). Updated and revised 2015 version. Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). Mexico.

2015 Arte, Ciencia y Tecnología como un Ensemble Resonante de Acciones Ambientales Responsables. Caldas University, Colombia and Telefónica Foundation, Venezuela.

2015  Breaking Paradigms: Electronic Arts & Humanitarian Actions. Balance-Unbalance 2015 international conference at Arizona State University, Tempe. United States.

2014  Interview to Fernanda D’Agostino. CEIArtE-UNTREF. Argentina. 

2014  Balance-Unbalance:art and environmental crisis. Leonardo - Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Vol 47, No. 5. The MIT Press. United States.

2014  Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre and Balance-Unbalance: the 'art x climate' project (co-authored with Dr. Pablo Suarez). Leonardo - Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Vol. 47, No. 5. The MIT Press. United States.

2014  Computerart –for all– in times of global crisis? Proceedings of the 4th Computer ArtCongress, CAC4, Brazil.

2014  El archivo de música electroacústica latinoamericana… 10 años después. Artnodes - Journalon Art, Science and Technology. No 13 (2013) Universitat Oberta de Catalunya - UOC[ISSN 1695-5951] Spain.

2013  Balance-Unbalance and our daily uncertainty. Can the Arts Help to Save the World? Proceedings of the Balance-Unbalance international conference 2013 at Noosa, UNESCO’s designated biosphere. Australia.

2013  Can the Arts Help to Save the World? Leonardo - Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology [guest editorial]. Vol. 46, No. 2,110. The MIT Press. United States.

2013  Concerning Ideas and Facts. Sonic Ideas/IdeasSónicas Journal (bilingual isue on: New Music and Education). Centro Mexicano parala Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). Mexico.
2011  Interacciones Electro[±]Acústicas (Entre la composición, la improvisación y la comprovisación). En el límite, escritos sobre arte y tecnología. Universidad Nacional de Lanús. Ediciones UNLa [ISSN 2250-6136]. Argentina.         

2010  Diseñando el Holodeck. Ideas Sónicas/SonicIdeas, Vol. 3 No. 1. Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras [ISSN2317-9694]. Morelia, Mexico.   

2009  Alternative models for research/creation in the digital world. II Biennale Argentinean-Czech "e-Golems". Argentina. 

2007  The Southern tip of the electroacoustic tradition. Circuit, musiques contemporaines. Canada.

2006  Something lost, something hidden, something found. Organised Sound. UK.

2006  A journey of sound through the electroacoustic wires. PhD Thesis, UQAM. Canada.

2005  'Play it again, South!' [Where all that music was before?] International Computer Music Conference. Spain.

2004  Educación a través de la comunicación multimedial como propuesta de cambio para la comunidad. VI Jornadas de Artes y Medios Digitales. Simposio: Prácticas de Comunicación Emergentes en la Cultura Digital. Córdoba, Argentina.

2004  Some recent actions to preserve, document and disseminate e/a music by Latin American composers. International Computer Music Conference. USA.

2003  An electroacoustic music collection project (or how to open the cage and let them fly). fineArt forum, vol.17-4. Australia.

2003  Módulos y Material de Apoyo para el Trayecto Técnico Profesional en Comunicación Multimedial (Ricardo Dal Farra, Coordinator), National Institute for Technology Education - National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Argentina.

2001  REDI. Multidisciplinary oriented electronic database with multimedia educational resources. (Project Director and Principal Researcher: Ricardo Dal Farra), National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Argentina, with support by the German Agency for Technology Education - GTZ and Apple, USA..

1998  Comunicación Multimedial (National standards for multimedia education: multimedia, image synthesis, video, design, sound and music). INET - National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Argentina.

1997  Music, New Technologies and Latin America. Proceedings of IV Simpósio Brasileiro de Computação e Música. Brazil.

1996  A Southerner's Perspective. Computer Music Journal vol. 20 number 3, The MIT Press. United States.

1996  Electroacoustic and computer music in Latin America. 1996 International Computer Music Conference. Hong-Kong,

1994  Some comments about electroacoustic music (and life) in Latin America. Leonardo Music Journal Vol. 4. United States.

1993  Un Proyecto Educativo Integrador: Producción Musical. Proceedings of VI Tribuna de Música de América Latina y el Caribe - Trimalca. Argentina.

Artistic performances

Selected recordings

Ensamble Experimental Latinoamericano [forthcoming - Fondo de la Música del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Chile]. 2015.

Red de Arte Sonoro Latinoamericano - RedASLA Vol. 4 - CMMAS, Mexico. 2015.

Accompanying CD/DVD: Ecología desde el Arte Digital - Caldas University, Colombia and Telefónica Foundation, Venezuela]. 2015.

Parte de la Historia. Vol. III. Centro Mexicano para la Música ylas Artes Sonoras - CMMAS. Mexico. 2014.

Accompanying DVD: Los instrumentos musicales autóctonos de América Latina (Native Latin AmericanMusical Instruments) by Frega, Ana Lucía and Luraschi, Graciela María [ISBN 987-987-1256-89-1] Argentina. 2011.

REC. memorias en tiempo real (Memorias delFestival “en tiempo real. nuevos encuentros sonoros 2009”). Fundación EspacioCero. Bogota, Colombia. 2010.

North and South project. Elektron Records. Sweden. 2009.

Leonardo Music Journal Vol. 15. Leonardo/ISAST. International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology . The MIT Press.United States. 2005.

Memoria del Primer Festival de Música Electroacústica - Música para un Nuevo Siglo. Cuenca, Ecuador. 2005.

Bonk. Bonk Festival of New Music, United States. 2004.

Computer Music Journal Vol. 23. The MIT Press. United States. 2000.

Bonk Thy Neighbor. Bonk Festival of New Music, UnitedStates. 1999.

Travels of the Spider. Pogus, United States. 1998.

Desde el otro lado. O.O.Discs, United States. 1998.

VOYS. A journal exploring sign in sound. United States.1997.

The Frog Peak Collaborations Project. Frog Peak Music.United States. 1997.

International Computer Music Association. ICMA - Commission Awards 1994-96. Computer Music Series Volume 25, CDCM - Centaur Records. UnitedStates. 1997.

Panorama de la Música Argentina - Compositores nacidos entre1957-1958. National Endowment for the Arts. Argentina. 1995.

The Aerial #6. Nonsequitur/What Next? United States. 1994.

Leonardo Music Journal Vol. 4. International Society for theArts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST), United States. 1994.

Contemporary Music Review - Live Electronics. UK. 1991.

Música Argentina del Siglo XX - Arturo Gervasoni. Circe. Argentina. 1989.

Música Contemporánea Argentina. Argentina Music Council. Argentina. 1988.

Música Electroacústica en Tiempo Real -Ricardo Dal Farra. IRCO - Cosentino Producciones. Argentina. 1987.

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