We are pleased to announce the results of the third edition of the musical research residency program at IRCAM that attracted more than 80 candidates from all over the world.

The choice from among so rich and diverse spectrum of propositions was a difficult task for 46 expert readers. The committee was made up of independent composers and artists, of researchers and computer musicians associated with major international artistic and scientific institutions. Every submission was examined by at least two expert readers, representing research and the artistic expertise. The evaluation took into account important criteria such as musical quality, novelty, the feasibility of the project as well as previous experience of the candidate.

For 2012-2013, the committee selected four candidates. We thank all the candidates for their innovative ideas in the field of the musical research and we congratulate the laureates.

Winners and Project Proposals

Christopher Trapani [website]

Project title: Real Time Tempo Canons with Antescofo
Abstract:  "The aim of this project is to tackle the problem of predicting the precise point of convergence between a recorded sound and a live instrument. My primary goal would be to create converging tempo canons in real time, where a live voice and playback must coincide on a predetermined simultaneous attack. The idea would be to create a more flexible system using a score-follower to track tempo shifts and to constantly recalculate playback speed, gauging the distance towards a given arrival point. This objective is deceptively easy to describe, but the solution would be quite challenging to implement. Creating a tempo canon where a single line played by an instrument "catches up" with a faster version of itself requires some information about where the line is heading, and thus seems feasible (perhaps for the first time?) only with the aid an advanced and precise score-following tool."

Alexander Sigman [website]

Project title: Alarm/will/sound
Abstract: "While acoustics and state-of-the-art sound design have figured prominently in many aspects of automobile design and production, the car alarm has not received a similar level of attention. As such, German product designer/visual artist Matthias Megyeri and I will be collaborating on a series of site-specific sound installations involving innovative (re)designs of car alarm system prototypes in September-December 2012. The objectives of the project include:

  1. expanding and optimizing the sonic vocabularies of car alarms;
  2. introducing new interactive (triggering mechanism) design paradigms;
  3. investigating, developing, and documenting semiotic relationships between the expanded sound vocabularies and alarm functions via experimental testing;
  4. exploring and redefining the alarm systems' social/communication functions, and their potential of directing a range of signals to a variety of "audiences" (perpetrators, car owners, and exhibition visitors) in a public setting;
  5. examining boundaries between delineated private spaces and public environments, pertinent to all security systems and devices.

In this project, I will be building and testing sound libraries and implementing the interactive design models at IRCAM, in conjunction with the Sound Perception and Design (PDS) team. In so doing, I will employ methodologies, concepts, and techniques derived from recent PDS projects (e.g., Ecrins, Sid, and Closed), as well as standard Forum software (e.g., AudioSculpt and Modalys), and Max/MSP ftm library externals.
Alarm/will/sound will be completed with the support of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA), the Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin, and Mercedes-Benz."

Per Bloland [website]

Project Title: A Physical Model of Electromagnet-String Interaction
"This project will produce a physical model of the coupling between a piano string and an electromagnet. This model will be based on studies of the Electromagnetically-Prepared Piano, a device that vastly expands the sonic possibilities of the piano through the use of an array of electromagnets. The physical model has three primary functions:

  1. as a sound source in its own right, capable of generating interesting and unusual sonorities;
  2. to facilitate research on string properties under the influence of alternate sources of excitation;
  3. to allow for ease of testing, experimentation, and composition with the Electromagnetically-Prepared Piano without need of its physical presence."

Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa [website]

Project Title: Following Gestures in Video-based Controllers
"The Silent Drum and MANO controllers developed by the author provide continuous, multidimensional and interdependent streams of data. These video-based controllers provide an opportunity to experiment with new gesture following techniques within the constraints of real-time interaction. The main aim of this proposal is to develop software that allows for novel ways to follow gestural performances in video-based controllers in order to generate meaningful control signals (both discrete and continuous) that can ultimately provide the instrument and composition with musical opportunities that are otherwise unavailable."

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