The Ircam Forum and Education Department organize an afternoon dedicated to an overview of Ircam's technologies. You will be introduced to new technologies through introductions tailored to beginners, with demonstrations and lectures.
Composing with OpenMusic
with Claudia Jane Scroccaro, computer music designer
Two 45-minute sessions at 3 and 4 pm
OpenMusic (OM) is a visual programming language for computer music composition created at Ircam, drawing on a long tradition of research in computer composition. OM can be used as a general purpose functional/object/visual programming language. A set of classes and libraries provided make it a very practical environment for music composition. Different representations of a musical process are supported, among which musical notation, midi piano-roll, sound signal and a high-level temporal organization of musical material is proposed through the concept of "maquette".
Gesture and sonification workshop
with Sébastien Naves, computer music designer
Two 45-minute sessions at 3 and 4 pm, limited seating
"Conventional" music writing leads to the production of associated sound by means of a specific musical gesture on the instrument that produces it. In other words, the writing of a note implies a gesture linked to the instrument.
In the case of computer synthesis (which can be extended to the particular case of the transformation of a sound), by default, the physical instrument does not exist, and no gesture is associated with it at the origin. This is an opportunity to approach an inverted trajectory by starting with the silent gesture (that of a dancer, for example) as a generator of a sound or as an actor of the transformation of a sound.
This workshop introduces the question of the sonification of gesture through an example of Live session (Ableton) ready to use and embedded Riot sensors. If time allows, we will try to propose an initial strategy for the elaboration of the sonification: Gesture - Controls - Sound
- Analysis of the gesture phenomenon
- Data collection
- Sound description of a sound or an associated treatment: time, amplitudes (envelopes), frequencies and spatialization (carrier of a sound gesture in space)
- Establishment of a mapping of the controls between the sensor and the sound generator/transformer
Discovery of the " ambisonic " diffusion system
with Johannes Régnier, computer music designer
Two one-hour sessions at 3pm and 4pm, limited seating
Thanks to an "ambisonic" sound diffusion system, we rediscover how we perceive the world. We realize the richness of the perceptive processes of hearing that make us "feel", "hear", "listen" our environment. In the hands of creators such as composers, this tool becomes an instrument that also draws and virtualizes space. Examples will materialize this technology of sound projection and its immersive character.