Karim Haddad

Methodical Study of the Constitutive Dimensions of Writing for Rhythm and their Perception
Thesis Defenses at IRCAM on November 13, 2020
Doctoral Advisors: Carlos Agon (Sorbonne Université - IRCAM) and Jean-Marc Chouvel (université de Reims Champagne Ardenne - IReMus)


Karim Haddad was born in 1962 in Beirut Lebanon. He studied at the national conservatory there until it closed its doors in 1975 due to the civil war. He then went on to study philosophy and literature. Haddad received six awards from the CNSMD de Paris in addition to the Diplôme Supérieur de Composition with honors. He has worked with composers such as A.Bancquart, P. Mefano, K. Huber, and Emmanuel Nunes. This learning period is marked by his keen interest for non-tempered spaces and their strong relationship with temporal poetry. In 1992 and 1994 he took part in Ferienkursen für Musik in Darmstadt where he received a scholarship. In 1995, he took a class in computer music at IRCAM, and from that point on, the computer became the only tool he used for the elaboration of his works.

As a computer music expert, and more particularly as an expert in computer-assisted composition, in 2000 he is given the responsibility of technical support for the IRCAM Forum. He has developed several tools for the OpenMusic environment (synthesis control via Csound), as well as interfaces between this environment and score editors such as Finale and Lilypond. From 2008 to 2014, he taught computer-assisted orchestration at the CNSMD de Paris. Beginning in 2015, he joined the Musical Representations team at IRCAM as a scientist and began, simultaneously, the music doctorate research and composition program.

Email : Karim.Haddad (at) ircam.fr