Daniel Teruggi

Portrait of Daniel Teruggi
Year of birth, place
1952, Argentina
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist
Institute / Department
Institute for Music and Acoustics, Hertz-Lab
At the ZKM
  • 2022

Daniel Teruggi studied physics, composition and piano in Argentina. In 1977, he moved to France where he studied at the Paris National Conservatory. In 1981, he started working at INA (Institut national de l’audiovisuel), as part of the GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales). In 1997 he become director of the GRM and kept this position until his retirement in 2017. From October 2001 to 2016, he was simultaneously Director of the research and experimentation department of INA.

In research, he actively worked on the preservation of audiovisual collections and especially in the field of electroacoustic music. He was coordinator of both the European FP6 project "PrestoSpace", dedicated to the development of new technologies for digital preservation, and the European FP7 project "PrestoPRIME", dedicated to the long-term preservation of audiovisual digital content. He has also participated in the »Prest4U« project, which analyzes the needs and perspectives for digital audiovisual preservation in various fields from educational collections to user needs.  He has been a member of the Europeana project and Foundation, general secretary and treasurer of the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) as well as a founding member of the Electroacoustic Musical Studies Network (EMS) dedicated to the analysis of electroacoustic music.

Teruggi has composed more than 90 works mainly for concert settings, using either electroacoustic devices in acousmatic situations or live instruments. He is the author of numerous research articles on sound, perception and analysis of music. His works have been performed in more than 30 countries and published in various CD collections.

Being a Doctor in Art and Technology at the University of Paris VIII, he developed an important educational activity at the Paris I University around sound and the visual arts, at Paris IV Sorbonne around the analysis of electroacoustic music and more recently also with Paris Est University, Marne la Vallée, where he was responsible for the Acousmatic and Sound Arts master’s program. He has been visiting professor at the Universities of Hertfordshire (England), Technical University of Berlin, 3 of Febrero (Argentina), and SMUC of Barcelona. In 2016, he received the "SMPTE Archival Technology Medal Award" for his efforts in the preservation of audiovisual content with a focus in music.

Retired since 2018, he continues his musical activity as well as his activity in the audiovisual preservation domain.