Basile Chassaing

Trained by Pierre Jodlowski (IRCAM Cursus 2021-2022), Jean-Luc Hervé and Roque Rivas (Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne-Billancourt), and Martin Matalon (CRR93), Basile Chassaing develops his work through three main themes: gesture, the soundscape, and the link between music and literature. His works materialize in many different formats: sound and light installations, music for gesture sensors, instrumental and mixed pieces, multidisciplinary projects.

Winner of the Académie Voix Nouvelles of the Fondation Royaumont (2019) and of Senses Working Overtime of Gaudeamus Musiekweek in Utrecht (2020), his music has been performed in France and in Europe (Netherlands, Switzerland, Scotland, Italy). He has received commissions from the French Ministry of Culture (Aide à l'écriture), Radio France, Gaudeamus Musiekweek (Utrecht), the ensemble 2e2m, the Fondation Royaumont, the ensemble Soundtrieb (Luzern).

.2022.23 Artistic Research Residency 

SPA[s]M, the body as an instrument

Research Theme:
Gesture capture and bidirectional sound ecosystems.
Research Area:

Motion learning: exploring the relationship between motion, gesture and sound spaces
In collaboration with IRCAM-STMS Sound Music Movement Interaction team.

The SPA(s)M project is artistic investigation dedicated to the body-instrument associating motion capture and real-time audio synthesis. It aims at transposing the artificial intelligence technologies developed in the field of real-time audio analysis and re-synthesis to the capture and analysis of movement based on a search for correspondences between audio and gestural descriptors.

The project is initially based on the creation of generative and bidirectional sound eco-systems between dancer or gestural performer and computer. The organicity and virtuosity of the relationship between gesture and sound will be based on the creation of mappings between gestural descriptors (rhythm, tempo, accents, energy) and granular type audio synthesis engines (CataRT). Working with the choreographer and dancer Emmanuelle Grach, the objective will be to develop methodology and tools for the synchronization of musical and gestural tempos and rhythms.

These tools will then be used to create generative scores for a dancer-computer-musician trio. The residency will focus on the integration of directional compositional processes within these semi-open eco-systems in order to create horizontal temporal trajectories: a gestural and sound dramaturgy.