Stefano Fasciani designs, crafts, composes, and performs with electronic machines that generate soundscapes. Born in 1982 in Rome, he is now based in Oslo, following extended periods in Singapore and Dubai.
From an early age, Stefano was captivated by a myriad of musical genres, as well as by the physical phenomena and technologies behind musical instruments and audio devices. His favorite childhood toys—a pair of headphones, and an electric organ—embodied his early fascination. This dual interest has not only led him to forge a career as an electronic music composer, performer, and DJ but has also driven him to pursue academic studies. His goal has been to acquire a comprehensive understanding of digital tools for creating and manipulating sounds, allowing him to push the boundaries of his craft.
After receiving a traditional musical education at a young age and being influenced by the emerging underground club movements of the mid-’90s, Stefano traded in his piano and score books for a pair of turntables, a mixer, a synthesizer, a sampler, and a software MIDI sequencer. He spent years performing in clubs and at parties in Rome and Singapore, acting as a resident at Rome’s NRG club from 1999 to 2003. During this period, he organized the successful weekly party “We Love Sunday”. His music, a blend of techno and house elements, has been issued by independent recording labels in Italy, the United States, and Singapore.
With a background in electronic engineering and having had R&D experience in the semiconductor industry developing embedded platforms and applications for audio DSP, Stefano has centered his academic research around computational methods supporting the creation of sonic arts, machine learning applied to sound and music, sound synthesis and processing, music information retrieval, interactive music systems, signal processing, and real-time embedded systems. His work appears in specialized conferences and journals such as CMJ, NIME, ICMC, SMC, DAFx, and IEEE. The systems he developed, features in the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, have been implemented in live electronics acts, experimenting with novel performance practices and musical genres on the fringe of modern club culture.