Tonal harmony, the topology of dynamical score networks and the Chinese postman problem

Talk delivered at the "Centrality in Networks Conference", a satellite of NetSci 2020 (, virtually held in Rome, September 17, 2020

Topology of Networks in Generalized Musical Spaces - Santa Fe Institute (Dec. 2019)

 In this talk I will discuss a generalization of the concept of musical spaces as networks, and derive functional principles of compositional design by the direct analysis of the network topology. This approach provides a novel framework for the analysis and quantification of similarity of musical objects and structures, and suggests a way to relate such measures to the human perception of different musical entities. Finally, the analysis of a single work or a corpus of compositions as complex networks provides alternative ways of interpreting the compositional process of a composer by quantifying emergent behaviors with well-established statistical mechanics techniques. Interpreting the latter as probabilistic randomness in the network, we can model behaviors that mimic algorithmically the music composition process.

This work provides a novel perspective on the foundations of music theory, analysis and composition in the broader framework of network theory, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

SMART Talk - Materials as Musical Muses

Learn how music is data and data is music with UNT Physics Department professor and composer Dr. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli. October 24, 2019

DIFFRAZIONI Multimedia Festival

Segment on DIFFRAZIONI Multimedia Festival aired on the national italian television channel RAI1 as part of UNO Mattina on 4/24/2019 - Italian only.

APS Physics Feature

Arts & Culture: Materials as Musical Muses

A physicist uses music to explore large datasets of material properties and, in turn, uses materials data to inspire creative musical compositions.  

Ossi di seppia

Performance of my piece Ossi di seppia for flute and digital audio effects at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program on July 13, 2017. Video by Anna Davidson.

Marco Buongiorno Nardelli on Music, Science and Data-Driven Composition

An interview of Marco Buongiorno Nardelli by Sharon Hewitt, in occasion of the International Computer Music Conference 2015.

Music Now

materialssoundmusic: Music, Science and Data-Driven Composition. A lecture/concert of Marco Buongiorno Nardelli for Music Now at the College of Music, University of North Texas, 4-27-15


Includes two world premieres: "Music for 88 keys" for player piano and electronics and "Invention n.1" from Inventions for data streams, for player piano.


Interview of Marco Buongiorno Nardelli by Darwin Grosse of for the podcast Art+Music+Technology


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Interview of Marco Buongiorno Nardelli by Neesha Anderson of at the International Computer Music Conference in 2015


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Creative Disturbances

nterview of Marco Buongiorno Nardelli by Scot Gresham-Lancaster for the podcast channel "Sound and Data" of


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iARTA open house

Genesis of the project described in a presentation given to the iARTA in-House Symposium on February 13, 2015. The symposium featured a wide spectrum of mini-lectures and demonstrations of Art and Technology from across the University of North Texas campus.

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