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Scent+Sound: Student Artist Collaborates with Orchestra in Rome for Multimedia Performance

Rome · Italy

10 October 2022

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During the performance, attendees simultaneously smell and listen to the work. Scented strips of paper, known as mouillettes, are distributed before the musical piece begins. The music utilises contrasting harmonic and textural palettes, suggesting specific moments of familiarity and surprise. An abstract blend of natural and synthetic materials in the olfactory component emphasises how combined fragrance ingredients can create synergistic relationships. The piece is part of a larger program, including other musical works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Fausto Sebastiani. It is Robin's first collaboration with Roma Tre Orchestra and the orchestra's first performance incorporating olfactory art. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available at

The idea behind the project is to explore just how far you can bend the audience's sense of familiarity and surprise inside these interwoven musical and olfactory structures.

Frederick Robin

Quick Facts

Frederick Robin, an undergraduate Music Composition Major at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, USA, is collaborating with Roma Tre Orchestra; Valerio Vicari, Artistic Director, on a multimedia piece titled "Rondo in A Major" fusing olfactory art and orchestral music, premiering on 25 Nov. 2022 at 20:30 CET at Teatro Palladium in Rome, Italy.

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