Check out the beta version of the new IRCAM Forum ⇢

EventView more

Research and Creativity Seminar

2014-01-13 - 2014-01-13

12:00 - 13:00

1 Place Igor Stravinsky , Paris, France, 75004, France



The goal of Research and Creation Seminar is to discover work of a composer at Ircam. Composition and software development questions.

Eduardo Reck Miranda

Professor at Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), Plymouth University, UK

“Blurring the line between Musical Creativity and Scientific Development with Music Neurotechnology”


Truly interdisciplinary research involving the arts and the sciences should ideally bring benefits to both. This talk will illustrate the influential role of the emerging field of Music Neurotechnology in the development of musical research that is equally relevant to musical creativity and scientific development. The term Music Neurotechnology appeared for the first time in a paper published in Computer Music Journal in 2009, 33(1):9-18, to refer to a new research area that is emerging at the crossroads of Neurobiology, Engineering Sciences and Music. Developments in this area include brain-computer interfaces to control musical systems and software for automatic classification of sounds informed by the neurobiology of the human auditory apparatus, to cite but two. Examples of projects will be introduced to demonstrate how compositional ideas can be informed by neuroscience and how music can contribute to biomedical technology. These include, amongst others, the development of a method for sound synthesis with the behaviour of neurons cultured in vitro on a microelectrode array dish and the composition of a large-scale choral symphony using rhythms generated by computer simulations of massive networks of spiking neurons. A brain-computer music interface designed for a patient with severe paralysis at a hospital for neuro-disability will also be introduced as an example of how musical research can effectively contribute to healthcare.


A classically trained composer and Artificial Intelligence scientist with an early involvement in electroacoustic and avant-garde pop music, Eduardo Reck Miranda’s distinctive music is informed by his unique background. He is emerging as an influential composer for his work at the crossroads of music and science.

He is Professor of Computer Music at Plymouth University in the UK, where he founded the esteemed Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). Before moving to the University of Plymouth he worked at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), University of Edinburgh, where he developed pioneering work on sound synthesis using parallel computers. He subsequently conducted research into Artificial Intelligence applied to music and linguistics at Sony CSL-Paris for a number of years. In 2006 he was appointed Edgar Varèse Guest Professor of Computer Music at the Technical University of Berlin.

Miranda’s work has been broadcast and performed worldwide by ensembles such as Chamber Group of Scotland, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO), Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre (OSPA) and BBC Concert Orchestra to cite but a few. He has published over 120 research papers and is the author of the books Computer Sound Design: Synthesis Techniques and Programming (ISBN 0240516931), Composing Music with Computers (ISBN 0240515676), both published by Focal Press, and co-author of the book New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard, published by A-R Editions (ISBN 978-0-89579-585-4).

Seminar in English   – Séminaire en anglais

Free entry