IRCAM Forum Workshops: New York

From September 30 to October 3, 2022 at the New York University, a four-day event on interaction and sound design

Come and discover the sound innovations and technologies developed in IRCAM's research lab, shared with artistic and musical communities that make up the IRCAM Forum!

Led by today's most prominent researchers, engineers, and artists in the field of sound creation, the Forum's workshops promote the exchange of knowledge on sound and music research, based on technologies developed at IRCAM. The workshops offer an opportunity for professionals and students from all over the world to compare their ideas and research work overs several days of events.

The next IRCAM Forum Workshops will take place in New York from September 30 to October 3, 2022 in partnership with New York University with the support of the Institut Français and Izotope.

Ircam is one of the largest public research centers in the world dedicated to both musical creation and scientific research. Founded by the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez in 1977, the institute is associated with the Centre Pompidou under the tutelage of the French Ministry of Culture. In 1994, the IRCAM Forum was created to provide the international musical and artistic
research community with access to the technologies developed at the institute. The Forum holds annual workshops in Paris and abroad. These events an opportunity for sound professionals and creators from all walks of life to discover the latest musical applications and new sound technologies in a stimulating environment that mixes interactive conferences, training sessions, workshops, installations, concerts, and performances.

This 4-day event, held on the NYU campus, will focus on two major themes interaction and sound design. These themes will be addressed through a wide variety of topics such as sound processing and spatialization, artificial intelligence, improvisation, collective interaction, soundscapes, and sonification…

Workshop Highlights

By way of introduction, Hugues Vinet, Director of Innovation and Research Resources at IRCAM, and Philippe Langlois, Director of Education and Cultural Outreach, will offer an overview of the Institute's current research, innovation, and training activities.

Researchers Nicolas Obin, Greg Beller, Pierre Guillot, and Philippe Esling will then present their latest advances in the fields of voice and sound processing and analysis. A session will be organized byIzotope on its latest audio processing products. Markus Noisternig from IRCAM and Johannes Goebel from EMPAC will give a demonstration of sound spatialization with a WFS system with extremely high spatial resolution.

Speakers in the sound design session will include Nicolas Misdariis, IRCAM research director and head of the Perception and Sound Design team in the STMS Laboratory, with an overview of the team’s work with composers and sound designers Andrea Cera, Roque Rivas and Nadine Schütz. The studies and collaborations presented highlight the way in which sound design connects scientific and technological knowledge with artistic and aesthetic know-how using a wide range of examples: the creation of the sound signature of Renault electric vehicles, a multi-sensory tasting experience for the Krug champagne house, and a sound installation in an urban setting in front of the Tribunal de Grande Instance de la Ville de Paris. These projects will also lead to reflections on the status of the sound designer and the tools and methods she/he has at her/his disposal to work in this discipline and its raw material: sound.

De gauche à droite : Voiture électrique Zoé © Renault ; Le « mur des 400 vins  » représentant les 400 vins clairs conservés à la Maison Krug © Patrick Susini ; Dispositif sonore pour le parvis du tribunal de grande instance de Paris à la Porte de Clichy, plan des niches © Nadine Schütz, photo : Giovanna Carrer

IRCAM's research on gesture-sound interaction and collective interaction will be presented by Frédéric Bevilacqua and Benjamin Matuszewski both researchers at IRCAM focused on applications for educational purposes, a topic that will also be addressed by Alex Ruttmann (New York University).

In parallel, the workshops will offer two half-day masterclasses on the DYCI2 software environment, developed at IRCAM to assist music creation through its generative technology followed followed by a final demo by Jérôme Nika, a researcher and musician specializing in machine-human interaction for music.

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