Welcome to CSC - Centro di Sonologia Computazionale


The first researches on the application of electronic and digital technologies to sound and music at the University of Padova date back to the 1960s, and led to the foundation of the "Centro di Sonologia Computazionale" (CSC) in 1979. The activities of the CSC - including scientific research, music production, education (and dissemination) - have always been based on an interdisciplinary approach through a close collaboration between musicians and researchers from different fields: information engineer, computer science, musicology (including music theory), psychology, acoustics, philosophy, and other disciplines. Since 2009, the CSC is part of the Department of Information Engineering.

Music is a transcultural language, and, taking advantage of this, CSC aims at facilitating the inclusion of people with disabilities (e.g., Multimodal interaction for Learning and Well-Being, Acoustic analysis for Safety and Security in the Workplace) and the dialogue among different cultures and populations (Production of New Cultural Events, Computing and Cultural Heritage, Audio documents: preservation and valorization, Computational Creativity, Speech).

The CSC labs are immersed in the cultural context in which the center was born and foster the stimulation of technological transfer to the market (thanks to AudioInnova, CSC spin-off), to involve researchers in the development of new musical ideas, and musicians as sources of creativity in scientific research. CSC attracts researchers and musicians who carry out research, production and teaching activities jointly.

The CSC collaborates with many organizations, both at a national and international level. Teaching activities include the course "Computer Engineering for Music and Multimedia" within the Master Degree in Computer Engineering, the supervision of Ph.D. students, and the hosting of Erasmus students in collaboration with our European partners.
The CSC archive is included in "Rete degli Archivi del Veneto".


  • Sergio Canazza and Giovanni De Poli. Four decades of music research, creation, and education at Padua’s Centro di Sonologia Computazionale. Computer Music Journal, 43(4):58–80, 2020.

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