Ricardo Dal Farra (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1957) has been conducting activities in the merging fields of arts, sciences and new technologies for more than 25 years as composer, multimedia artist, educator, researcher, performer and curator. He holds a Ph.D. in arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Dal Farra is the founding director of the Electronic Arts Experimenting and Research Centre (CEIArtE) at the National University Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) in Buenos Aires. He is also professor of music technology and media arts at the same university; associated researcher at Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre - De Montfort University, in the UK; and senior consultant for Amauta Project / Amauta Org, in Peru/USA. He has been coordinator of DOCAM, the Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage international research alliance (Montreal, 2005); official representative for the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology (Montreal, 2004); director of the Multimedia Communication National Program at the National Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Buenos Aires, 1996-2003); consultant/director of the Musical Production specialty at ORT Technical School (Buenos Aires, 1992-1999); co-director of the Electronic Music Lab of the Argentina Society for Music Education (Buenos Aires, 1984-1994); director of the Electroacoustic Music Studio (Buenos Aires, 1978-2003); and consultant for the UNESCO Digi-Arts project (2002-2003).
Dal Farra has been professor of electro acoustics at the Buenos Aires Municipal Music Conservatory; professor of composition and improvisation at the National University of San Martin; professor of multimedia at IMD Institute and ORT Technical School; professor of music and sound on films at the Art Pan-American School; and professor of acoustics at the National Conservatory of Music.
He has also been designing high school, college and university educational programs integrating arts, sciences and new technologies, like the Electronic Arts Bachelor Program for the National University of Tres de Febrero. Mr. Dal Farra has been the project manager for interdisciplinary educational projects involving national and international agencies and educational organizations (web-based educational resources) and was the national manager on education and new technologies for NCS Pearson in Argentina.
Dal Farra's electro acoustic, mixed music and new media works have been performed in concerts and symposiums in more than 40 countries. His music has been featured in 16 recordings (for Frog Peak Music, Computer Music Journal, Bonk, Leonardo Music Journal, The Aerial, Pogus, CDCM-Centaur, O.O. Discs, Contemporary Music Review, Fondo Nacional de las Artes-Argentina, Consejo Argentino de la Musica, Circe, IRCO, etc.). He has also performed using live interactive systems since the late 1970s. Dal Farra's work has been distinguished with grants and commissions by the International Computer Music Association; the International Arts Biennial of San Pablo, Brazil; the National Endowment for the Arts from Argentina; the Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France; the National Rostrum of Composers, Argentina; and the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale of the University of Padua, Italy, among others. He has been invited to present his music, research and educational developments in institutions such as: CCRMA - Stanford University, New York University, Dartmouth College, The Julliard School of Music and Brooklyn College in the United States; the University of Brasilia and Itaú Cultural in Brazil; the National Conservatory of Music of La Paz in Bolivia; the University of Puerto Rico; IRCAM, GRM and UNESCO in France; and The Banff Centre in Canada.
Ricardo Dal Farra received two consecutive researcher-in-residence grants from the Daniel Langlois Foundation to develop its documentation and preservation project: Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection (2003-2005).
Dal Farra directed radio series on electro acoustic music at the National Radio of Argentina and the Municipal Radio of Buenos Aires for more than 10 years. He also curated several CDs, like those published by: Leonardo Music Journal in 1994; O.O. Discs in 1998; and MIT Press's Computer Music Journal in 1999. Dal Farra has been a member of the Board of Advisory Editors of the Journal of New Music Research since 1988, International Editor for Leonardo Music Journal-International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology since 1995 and a member of the Executive Editorial Group of The EMF Institute, Electronic Music Foundation. He is also a fellow of Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte.