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Planephones, or planofoni,[1] represent an innovative sound art creation. They are vibrating systems based on wood panels (or other materials) and different forms.[2] Planephones diffuse the sound according to specifications which depend on the structure of the material,[3] on the geometry of the design,[4] on the orientation and curvature of the surfaces, and on the plastic volumes occupied.[5]

Planephones differ from conventional sound diffusion systems[6] in that the sound acquires the timbral quality[7] of the material employed[8] and, in addition, by diffusing the sound homogeneously[9] along the surface, permits designing the acoustic space.[10] according to the architectural space.[11]

Planephones were conceived by composer Michelangelo Lupone,[12] as art installations (1997), and are the result of studies on the vibrational qualities of materials with the collaboration of CRM-Centro Ricerche Musicali.

Planephones are works of art[13] which integrate form, matter, sound, music language and expression.[14] They integrate the relevant aspects of sound and visual perception, creating new modes of fruition of the work of art.[15]

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  1. ^ G8 Italia 2009
  2. ^ Federazione CEMAT: Sonora Retrieved on August 21, 2009.
  3. ^ Agorà Magazine Retrieved on August 20 2009
  4. ^ Goethe Institut Rom
  5. ^ HiArt Semestral Magazine of Information of the High Artistic and Musical Formation - Music and Mutation - Lupone, Michelangelo - Gangemi Editore - April-October 2008 - ISBN 978-88-492-1422-2
  6. ^ WordPress
  7. ^ INA-GRM
  8. ^ Audio Engineering Society
  9. ^ Museo Ara Pacis
  10. ^ Zagreb Biennale
  11. ^ International Computer Music Conference 2000 Proceedings - Designing a Virtual Theatrical Listening Space - Bianchini, Laura - ICMA - August 2000 - ISBN 0-9667927-2-6
  12. ^ Agenzia Multimediale Italiana
  13. ^ Tellusfolio
  14. ^ ANSA
  15. ^ Tafter Journal

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