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Research interests

Rita Torres is currently a researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH). She was previously a researcher at CESEM's branch at the University of Évora, at the Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) of the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), and, as guest, at the Institute of Musicology and Music Informatics (IMWI) of the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. She holds a PhD in Science and Technology of the Arts from the UCP, as well as degrees in Chemical Engineering, Guitar, Musicology/Music Informatics and Composition. Her work as a researcher and as a composer has been presented worldwide in events such as international festivals and conferences and is currently centred on guitar multiphonics. 


Education/Academic qualification

Science and Technology of the Arts, Doctorate, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Composition, Master, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe

Musicology/Music Informatics, Bachelor, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe

Chemical Engineering, Master, Instituto Superior Técnico


  • M Music
  • Multiphonics
  • Guitar
  • Timbre
  • Unconventional performing techniques

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musicology Social Sciences
music Social Sciences
Acoustic waves Engineering & Materials Science
vocabulary Social Sciences
composer Social Sciences
festival Social Sciences
Color Engineering & Materials Science
science Social Sciences

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Research Output at NOVA 2018 2018

Guitar multiphonics: Overview of an ongoing research

Torres, R., 10 Jul 2018, p. 19. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Acoustic waves
Spectrum analysis
Chemical analysis

The sound world of guitar multiphonics

Torres, R. & Ferreira-Lopes, P., 1 Oct 2018, Music and sonic art: Theories and practices. Doğantan-Dack, M. & Dack, J. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 78-94 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2018 2019

  • 9 Oral presentation
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Publication peer-review

Forms of usage of guitar multiphonics: State of the art

Rita Luzes Torres (Speaker)
25 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Revista Vórtex (Journal)

Rita Torres (Peer reviewer)
15 Jun 201815 Jul 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


A técnica de multifónicos na guitarra

Rita Torres (Speaker)
5 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The fireflies, twinkling among leaves, make the stars wonder

Rita Torres (Speaker)
19 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation