The Cembalo Scrivano (CS2) is an interactive audiovisual installation based on augmented typewriter. By detecting the typing activity it generates and manipulates audio and visual materials in real-time. This project inspired by the writing machine invented by Giuseppe Ravizza in 1855, one of the first writing machine. This project is a journey into the remediation of a technology, discovering the historical evolution of a device as part of a media archaeology research.
Ravizza called his invention Cembalo Scrivano (Scribe Harpsichord) due to the usage of piano-keys. In order to implement his machine Ravizza borrowed the interaction paradigm of the Harpsichord (from music to typewriting). The CS2 raises from the same design approach but it establishes the inverse analogy. Starting from the interaction paradigm of the typewriter I implement an instrument for sonic art (from typewriting to music).