IRCAM: Studio-in-Residence at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018

07/2018 IMD – DE



Paris based IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique) is represented through a series of presentations, workshops and showcases from 16 to 26 July during the 2018 edition of the Darmstadt Summer Course.


16 July 2018: Overview of IRCAM

As introduction, a conference by Computer Music Designer, teacher and composer Grégroire Lorieux presents the institute’s activities both in the scientific / R&D domain as well as in the artistic domain.

© Philippe Langlois


17–21 July 2018: CataRT Workshop

CataRT is a technology devoted to structuring sound grains obtained from large sound data bases of any kind according to sound characteristics automatically analyzed and chosen by the user. Thus, sound data bases and archives may be explored quickly and intuitively for use in the areas of musical composition, sound design, live performance and improvisation. The workshop will be mainly devoted to presenting the technology and giving participants the chance to use it via “hands-on” sessions in order to acquire le skills necessary for creating compositions, installations, digital instruments and personalized creative tools. At the end of the workshop performances take place for presenting the participants projects as well as works by invited artists. This workshop is led by Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM) and is limited to 10 participants having a good knowledge of Max programming.



22–23 July 2018: Music Computing in Live Electronics and Improvisation

This workshop focusses on new interactive approaches to computation and music composition, where musical form and structure are defined and generated dynamically during a live performance. A first part is devoted to the concept of live coding, giving an overview of the field, its philosophy and trends, with a demonstration by Thor Magnusson from the University of Sussex, main designer of the ixi-lang live coding language. The second part focusses on human-computer improvisation and the notion of autonomous agent co-improvised contexts, and features an interactive demonstration of the DICY2 software framework developed by Jerome Nika at IRCAM.


24–26 July 2018: Web Based Musical Applications for Collective Interaction

The possibility of creating musical applications embedded in web pages has opened new areas of exploration in the areas of musical composition, sound design, gaming and pedagogy. Importantly, such web pages can be used in smartphones, which allows for creating large multi-source sonic environments. Using the mobile capabilities (from the touch screen to the motion sensors), one can design new types of collective/participative interactive musical systems. This workshop is devoted to presenting some of the main technologies used in this area while giving participants the chance to discover and discuss the concepts and create small projects. At the end of the workshop performances take place for presenting the results of the participants’ work as well as performances by invited artists active in this domain. This workshop is led by Norbert Schnell (Professor of Music Design at Hochschule Furtwangen University).



Further information here.


Photos © Philippe Langlois

organized in partnership with Ircam - FR

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