Thesis Defense

Lara Morciano's PhD Defense

"Writing sound, time and space within interaction between instruments and digital synchronous systems"
Thu 20 December 2018,
2 p.m.
salle Stravinsky

Free entry, limited seats available.

This research project aims to study the contemporary integration, in the composition and performance, of technological and artistic tools corresponding to the state of the art in terms of real-time interaction between instrumental production, digital sound production and production of spatio-temporal forms in the listening space. In particular, we study how this integration can in turn constitute a new modality of writing in which a coherent writing of sound, a writing of time and a writing of space informed by technology do merge together in a coherent way. Computer paradigms for time and interaction management, synchronization tools, sound and gestural flow analysis, parameter control from instrumental sound, research on the issue of instrumental timbre and its digital descriptors, and interpreter-computer interaction are key elements of this research and creation work.

We focus on real-time interaction with smart computer devices in a particularly virtuoso writing with specific aspects of temporal and spatial construction, this hybrid situation in turn influencing the nature of the writing itself. The various themes relating to this exploration, such as the writing of sound, time and space, are the starting point for declining and developing, according to the nature of the various productions envisaged, the possible links with other artistic disciplines.

Lara Morciano will defend his doctoral  carried out  in the Musical Representations Team (STMS - IRCAM/CNRS/Sorbonne Université/Ministère de la Culture) and in the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP). Thesis directed by Gérard Assayag (STMS - Ircam) with co-supervisors Stefano Gervasoni and  Luis Naón (CNSMDP).

The jury will be composed:

Pierre Couprie, reporter, Sorbonne Université
Laurent Pottier, reporter, Université Lyon/Saint-Etienne
Gérard Assayag, director of thesis, STMS - IRCAM/CNRS/Sorbonne Université/Ministère de la Culture
Brigitte d'Andréa-Novel, jury member, Mines ParisTech
Stefano Gervasoni, jury member, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris
Anne Seded, jury member, Université Paris 8