Cembalo Scrivano .2

The Cembalo Scrivano .2 (CS2) is an augmented typewriter. Visitors interact with the typewriter by typing as they would normally do with a typewriter. The system detects the typing activity and generates and manipulates audio and visual materials in real-time. This project is a re-edition of CS1, a project from Giacomo Lepri inspired by a writing machine invented by Giuseppe Ravizza in 1855, which he called Cembalo Scrivano (Scribe Harpsichord) due to the piano-keys aesthetic. Ravizza designed the machine borrowing the interaction paradigm from the harpsichord (from music to typewriting). CS2 inverts the analogy: from the interaction paradigm of the typewriter to an instrument for audiovisual art.

The audiovisual are strongly influenced by an ambiguous aesthetic in which a single correct interpretation of the instrument is missing. This characteristic allow the visitors to project their own stories in the installation and develop their own interpretation.

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  • Visuals - I was involved in the project to redesign and develop the visuals using Processing and shaders.



  • Jul 6th, 2018 – COLLAB – Graz, Austria
  • Lepri, G., & McPherson, A. Mirroring the past, from typewriting to interactive art: an approach to the re-design of a vintage technology. Proc. of NIME, 2018.


  • First place award at COLLAB 2018