Physical Sequencer Live
with Giovanni Sollima, Simon Shelley

New: this project is also covered on d-touch.org.

As part of an ongoing collaboration, the contemporary music composer and cello player Giovanni Sollima has been using our Physical Sequencer. The instrument was featured in two public concerts: in Marina di Ragusa and Monza (Italy).

Using the sequencer Giovanni is able to record samples of himself playing or singing, and then layer them and arrange them in loops of variable duration. In the Physical Sequencer audio samples are associated to physical wooden blocks, and the instrument is controlled by manipulating them over an interactive surface delimited by a piece of paper. The blocks and the paper also provide visual feedback to the player, so the instrument can be played without a computer screen. During the concert, a processed close-up video of the interactive surface was projected on a screen behind the musician, to let the audience follow more closely the performance (this is visible in the first of the videos below).

Second Public Concert - Monza January 2008

Solo concert on January 19 2008, part of the Lampi. Linee di Canto season. The sequencer was featured in 2 pieces. You only have 30 seconds? Watch this video teaser!

The first 3 videos are from YouTube, they should stream faster, but they are cut for the service restrictions. Below you will find the full versions, hosted on an EPFL server.



Giovanni Sollima playing the Physical Sequencer. Note that this is the short version of the video, the full one is below.


Giovanni Sollima playing the Physical Sequencer.


Giovanni Sollima playing the Physical Sequencer. Note that this is the short version of the video, the full one is below.



Monza, first piece -- full version.


Monza, second piece -- full version.

High resolution versions of the videos are here


First Public Concert - Marina di Ragusa August 2007

The sequencer was featured in 3 of the 14 pieces played in the concert (the rest of the concert was in duo with the cellist Monika Leskovar).

The following un-edited videos document the event:


Giovanni Sollima playing the Physical Sequencer. In the background the screen showing a processed close-up of the interactive surface (projected to let the audience follow more closely the concert). Note that this is the short version of the video, the full one is at the bottom of this page.


Giovanni Sollima playing the Physical Sequencer.


Giovanni Sollima playing the Physical Sequencer.


Giovanni Sollima playing the Physical Sequencer. In the background the screen showing a processed close-up of the interactive surface (projected to let the audience follow more closely the concert). Full version of the video, approx 14 minutes.