Cursus Program on Composition and Computer Music

Public: composers (under 35 years old)

Serving the institute’s missions of research and creation, the Cursus program for composition and computer music is the flagship program in the broad range of IRCAM’s educational activities. Initiated in 1990 under Pierre Boulez, numerous composers (such as F. Baschet, F. Bedrossian, O. Bianchi, E. Campion, R. Cendo, F. Filidei, J. Fineberg, S. Gervasoni, C. Iannotta, M. Lanza, B. Mantovani, Y. Maresz, B. Pauset, H. Parra, Y. Robin, L. Ronchetti, G. Spiropoulos, C. Trapani, F. Verunelli) have enhanced their musical thought through the technological tools made available in the Cursus program where the philosophy is that the computer is a tool for musical creation.

For 10 months (from September to June), everything is put into place so the students can acquire real, technical autonomy with a number of computer programs. The Cursus program is divided into two periods: a “program” phase from September to December with 5 courses followed by the “project” phase from January to April where optional classes can be added in addition to the core program.

The Cursus program includes academic classes on IRCAM software (Max, OpenMusic, Modalys, AudioSculpt, Spat, etc.), hands-on studio classes, workshops on composition and improvisation with electronics, meetings with the institute’s research teams and guest composers in addition to individual supervision by the educational team (Simone Conforti, Marco Liuni, Jean Lochard, Grégoire Lorieux, Mikhail Malt) and the composer associated with the Cursus, Thierry De Mey.
At the end of each key module during the program, the students present their “mini projects” that prepare them for the production of their final project presented in concert during the ManiFeste festival at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS.

As a part of IRCAM’s continual renewal and openness, this composition can now be expressed using a multitude of forms: a work for solo musician and electronics (as has been the practice for several years), an electroacoustic work, a sonic installation, etc. This composition can also include other media such as dance, text, or images once the project is validated by the educational team. Students from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Cnsmdp) perform the concert. The Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Cnsmdp) is one of the largest higher-education establishments in the domain of music and dance. Projects are supervised by Thierry De Mey, a team of 5 computer music designers/professors, IRCAM sound engineers, and professors from the Conservatoire de Paris.

Throughout the program, IRCAM provides students with a special classroom reserved for only the Cursus students in addition to 5 studios each equipped with a computer, mixing table, synthesizer, loud-speakers for sound spatialization, and a piano.

Through a partnership with the Conservatoire de Paris, the Haute École de musique de Genève and, beginning in September 2019, the Académie supérieure de musique de Strasbourg-HEAR and the Université de Strasbourg, students signed up in a Master’s degree in composition in one of these establishments can take their first year of their degree in IRCAM’s Cursus if selected by the Cursus jury. The jury is made up of Frank Madlener, Director of IRCAM, Philippe Langlois, Director of IRCAM’s department of Education and Cultural Outreach, IRCAM’s educational team, Thierry De Mey, a composition professor from the Conservatoire de Paris, and a guest musician/composer.

Applicants selected for the Cursus program have the possibility, upon request, to be housed at the Cité internationale des arts de Paris. They will have a studio/room throughout the program. Monthly housing fees are paid by the students.

Candidates selected for the 2019/2020 Cursus

Sofia Avramidou (Greece), Oren Boneh (United-States), Kayla Cashetta (United-States), Fernando Manassero (Argentine), Maxime Mantovani (France), Paul Ramage (France), Justina Repečkaitė (Lithuania), Ko Sahara (Japan), Claudia Jane Scroccaro (Italia), Antonio Tules (France).

Contact: 01 44 78 48 17 | cursus (at) ircam.fr

  • Maurizio Azzan, compositeur du Cursus et Cameron Crozman, violoncelliste  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Maurizio Azzan, compositeur du Cursus et Cameron Crozman, violoncelliste © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Thierry De Mey et Marco Liuni  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Thierry De Mey et Marco Liuni © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Deux élèves du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Deux élèves du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Marco Liuni et Bertrand Plé, compositeur du Cursus  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Marco Liuni et Bertrand Plé, compositeur du Cursus © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Maxence Nicolats, tuba  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Maxence Nicolats, tuba © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Thierry De Mey et Mai Toyama, saxophoniste  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Thierry De Mey et Mai Toyama, saxophoniste © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Jean Lochard, Maurizio Azzan et Thierry De Mey  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Jean Lochard, Maurizio Azzan et Thierry De Mey © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Jean Lochard, Cameron Crozman, Maurizzio Azzan  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Jean Lochard, Cameron Crozman, Maurizzio Azzan © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Cameron Crozman et deux danseurs du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Cameron Crozman et deux danseurs du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris © Quentin Chevrier, 2018

The 2018.19 Class

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Florent Caron Darras

Equally sensitive to spectral music as he is to electronic and traditional music (notably Iranian and Japanese music), Florent Caron Darras writes music that questions sonic models, harmony, ornaments, and attacks, inspired even in his titles by the re...
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Mathieu Corajod

Mathieu Corajod is a composer of instrumental music, for musical theater and multimedia performances. Author of works performed by the Orchestre de chambre de Berne, the Adapter ensemble, the Interface ensemble, and the Makrokosmos ensemble, he has als...
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William Dougherty

William Dougherty is an American composer. His works have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Orchestre National de Lorraine (Metz), the Lemanic Modern Ensemble (Geneva), the London Chorus (London), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), and T...
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Louis Goldford

Louis Goldford is a composer whose works often draw inspiration from auditory illusion, transcription, and psychoanalysis. Recent performances include those by the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Modelo62,
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Konstantin Heuer

Konstantin played bass guitar in noise rock bands when he was a teenager. He studied composition in Rostock, The Hague, and Stuttgart and afterwards lived in the Shangyuan Art District in Beijing. His artistic sensibilities were influenced by Marco Str...
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William Kuo

William Kuo is a Canadian composer established in Vancouver. He constantly renews his listening and questions his influences by observing cultural frontiers and human relationships in light of the collective experience of art.
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Sergio Núñez Meneses

Sergio Núñez Meneses studied composition at the University of Chili. He also took classes at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology in the United States with a scholarship from the University ...
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Jialin Liu

Jialin Liu went to the Music Middle School Affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SMMS) at the age of 12 and studied composition, piano, and music theory with GUO Liang and LIU Dongmei. Since 2014 has been a Bachelor in composition at the ...
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Adrien Trybucki

Adrien Trybucki is a composer of acoustic, mixed, and electronic music. The obsessive quality of his writing can be found in his first works and notably in Cinq Visions for orchestra; a piece that won the Île de créations award in 2014.
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Francisco Uberto

With a diploma in composition from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina, Francisco Uberto feels the need to explore the formal and discursive limits of contemporary music. His work has been supported by several presitigious fondations since ...


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Apply to the Cursus Program

The call for applications for the 2019/2020 academic year is open from October 1—30, 2018

Applicants

Applicants must be under 35 years old.
There are no applications fees

Calendar

Applications accepted from October 1—31, 2018  
Results are sent by email on December 15, 2018  

Apply online: ULYSSES Platform
Applicants must create an account (or use an existing account) on the ULYSSES platform, complete their profile, and click on “apply” on the Cursus call for applications 2019/2020 page.

Application File

Your dossier must include:

  • A copy of valid ID or passport
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The list of professional experiences and awards
  •  A cover letter
  • One or several letters of recommendation 
  • Three recent works, at least one with electronics (score, audio recording, video, etc.)
  •  The URL to download a patch for one of your compositions (Max or any other real-time software) from the platform of your choice. Remember to give a permanent URL that does not require a password.

For non-Francophone applicants: a copy of your TEF exam (level B2) or equivalent diploma or any other document proving an equivalent level of oral comprehension.

Jury

The jury is made up of Frank Madlener, Director of IRCAM, Philippe Langlois, Director of IRCAM’s department of Education and Cultural Outreach, IRCAM’s educational team, Thierry De Mey, a composition professor from the Conservatoire de Paris, and a guest artist (to be chosen).

Conditions for Applicants and Selected Candidates 

10 places are available
Registration fees: 2,000€ (includes the Premium Individuel membership to the IRCAM Forum for 2 years) 
Deposit due before February 15, 2019: 600 euros
Applicants selected for the Cursus 2019/2020 program must confirm their participation in writing before January 15, 2019 and commit to take on any other professional engagements during the program (September 2019-June 2020). Classes are held at IRCAM from Monday through Friday, from 10am to 1pm and from 2:30 to 5:30pm. There are two weeks of vacation in December for the holidays.

Scholarships

IRCAM does not give out any scholarships or pay for any travel, but can assist you when looking for financial aid. The Cursus program is considered to be continued professional training.
Contact: cursus (@) ircam.fr

Applicants selected for the Cursus program have the possibility, upon request, to be housed at the Cité internationale des arts de Paris. They will have a studio/room throughout the program. Monthly housing fees are paid by the students.

Furthermore, applicants selected for the Cursus program signed up in the Sacem repertory are eligible for a scholarship. Contact the Sacem directly to request a dossier.