The Multimedia Archive of the Fondazione Isabella Scelsi

  • Nicola Bernardini
  • Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 247)


This paper documents and summarizes the (still ongoing) work concerning the digital recovery of the complete archive of documents which constitute the legacy of the late composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988). This recovery has a number of peculiarities which are mostly related to the variety of document typologies which constitute the archive. In particular, the archive contains several hundred tapes and just short of 80 aluminum-lacquer discs which have been used directly by the composer in his compositional processes. These audio documents constitute an extremely important source of musicological investigation to discover the compositional methodologies used by Scelsi, most of which are not quite understood today. The specific archival procedure and model used are then described and future work is outlined at the end.


Magnetic Tape Compositional Process Content Management System Agile Software Development Tape Speed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Bernardini
    • 1
  • Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini
    • 2
  1. 1.Conservatorio “C.Pollini” PadovaItaly
  2. 2.Fondazione Isabella Scelsi RomeItaly

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