Renaissance SFX

In 1999-2000 he created the Renaissance FX Dolby Surround encoded library, the world's first collection of sound effects for film and television made in spatialised Dolby Surround and published by Machiavelli Music Publishing. In order to create this, Riccardo Mazza designed environmental microphone recording techniques that allow you to capture a three-dimensional sound and simultaneously encode it in Dolby Surround. Once the sound is played using a standard Dolby decoder, sonority is restored and perceived in the three spatial dimensions.

During this time, Richard travelled to many countries in the world to capture three-dimensional sounds, ranging from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the Argentine pampas, and from sounds captured in the mountain villages of north Thailand to the chaotic cities of Sao Paulo and Bangkok.

Many of these sounds are still the foundation of his musical production today.


Riccardo Mazza's research continues with the creation of SoundBuilder, the first software capable of adding a soundtrack to videos, conceived for the creation of input in surround.

SoundBuilder is a sophisticated software program that allows you to override a track which is already spatialised in interlaced format and to stratify individual sound elements, thereby spatialising them dynamically. The idea was to be able to build complex spatial environments, starting from the base of a neutral environment, to which you can add various individual elements. Consequently, through new trips to different environments around the world Riccardo Mazza created a new specialised collection of sounds dedicated to the new platform.

The full project was presented to the AES (Audio Engineering Society) in New York (2006).

Psychoacoustic model of sleep waves

In 2003 he created a psychoacoustic model of "sleep waves" which earned him recognition from the Turin Polytechnic and a series of articles in major newspapers and national magazines. The model is based on a mathematical algorithm that psychoacoustically reproduces the subsonic theta, sigma and delta frequencies that occur in the brain during a normal sleep cycle.

Riccardo Mazza published a report totalling several hundred pages documenting all the steps, and patented a special vibration diffuser for bone conduction of these acoustically reproduced waves.

This technique will be extensively used by Riccardo Mazza in many electronic music compositions to create sub-bass frequencies increased by the psychoacoustic effect.


Research and spatialisation


Interactive Sound

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