From 1954 to 1982 he held the Chair of General Music Culture at the "Conservatorio G. Verdi" in Turin. As a composer he won various awards. In 1964, he turned his interest to electronic music and founded SMET (Studio di Musica Elettronica di Torino) which made its headquarters in Turin at the Conservatorio, and he also became a lecturer in this subject. Zaffiri’s first objective was to overcome the historical elementary principles which coordinated the relationships between the sounds of traditional musical language for acoustic instruments and then concentrate his efforts on electronic means, searching for new sound perspectives originating from a structural principle based on the Euclidian plane geometrical figure by which means the various sound parameters can be coordinated and the formal and spatial dimension extracted. In 1965, together with other operators in the visual field, he set up the Studio di Informazione Estetica and started an interdisciplinary research into sound and visual phenomena. The main objective of the research was to generate the elements relevant to the sound and visual fields from a single basic structure. The extreme limit of the formal rigorism was achieved in 1968 with the project Musica per un anno, the purpose of which was the sonorization of environments. From 1970, Zaffiri turned his attention towards the live performance of electronic music.
He combined electronic sound with the human voice - sometimes crossing the border into total theatre (Il giuoco dell’oca from the novel by E. Sanguineti and Raptus based on a text by M. Châtel). In the period, the first scores for synthesizers appeared, permitting the live performance of pieces specifically written for this instrument. At the end of the seventies, he extended his research into visuals to the video, maintaining the interdisciplinary process using the instruments that technology offered and which represented, for the author, the means and support for what he intended to express. At the end of the eighties, he produced the video L’arte nella Storia published by Cooperativa Books and Video in Turin.
Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more