Laboratorio di Informatica Musicale (LIM, Music Informatics Laboratory) is one of the main labs of the Department of Informatics and Communication - Università degli Studi di Milano. It includes 4 labs equipped with a number of music, multimedia and computer devices.
Established in 1985, under the direction of its founder Goffredo Haus LIM has hosted composers and renowned experts such as Angelo Paccagnini, Antonio Josè Rodriguez Selles, Franco Donatoni and Dante Tanzi.
During more than 30 years of activity, LIM has carried out international projects and established important collaborations. It is worth to cite: Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera italiana, Orchestra Verdi di Milano, IEEE Computer Society, NASA Charles Ames Research Center, Ricordi Historic Archives, CNR (Italian National Research Council), and the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.
Besides, LIM has worked with a number of recording industries, broadcasting companies, editors, software houses, internet companies, music producers and music instruments manufacturing industries.
The research activities at LIM cover many areas in the field of computer applications in music; the main projects concern the following topics:
Many projects have been carried on since 1975; the most relevant of them concern the following topics (the order reflects the temporal sequence of our works):
The most relevant projects currently going on at LIM concern the following topics:
Education and Cultural Promotion
The Information and Communication Department (DICO, Università degli Studi di Milano) has activated a degree in Music Informatics. An advanced course on "Informatics applied to Music" is held every year by G. Haus in the frame of the Master Course of Studies for both Computer Science and Engineering.
Many thesis are carried on at LIM for graduation in Computer Science, Physics, Electronic Engineering and Mathematics about computer music topics.
Relevant contributions have been given to international associations and research groups in the field of computer applications in music. Particularly, Goffredo Haus is the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Generated Music and the co-editor (together with Denis Baggi) of its Newsletter.
Concerts, Media and Software Productions
LIM concerts are based on live performance by means of computers and digital sound synthesis systems together with traditional music performers, computer graphics and dancers.
We have published music to make well-known our aesthetic experimentation; particularly, we have produced starting from a SCORESYNTH synthesis of MIDI scores.
In the field of multimedia production: the first Italian CD-I has been produced with the cooperation of Philips Italia and the soundtrack of a Macintosh CD-ROM about the history of telecommunications has been realized with the cooperation of Apple Computer. Other commercial music CD-ROMs has been published by RCS and Ricordi/opera Multimedia publishers.
A multiplatform CD-ROM about music standards has been published by the IEEE Computer Society with the cooperation of the most relevant manufacturers, research centers, and standard organizations on that topic.