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Research and Creativity Seminars – April

Apr 01, 2015 - Apr 14, 2015


Ircam-Centre Pompidou


In April come discover two Research&Creativity projects


Friday April 10

12h00-13h00 Ircam – Salle Stravinsky – Open to public, seminar in English

Aaron Einbond, composer

Final presentation of  residency project “A Factor Oracle for Timbre”

with Pierre Morlet, cello

"What the Blind See"

photo by Tatiana Grigorenko

One of the most important recent developments in real-time musical interaction is Corpus-based con- catenative synthesis (CBCS), permitting a high-level control of synthesis by audio features while retain- ing the full detail of time-domain audio. However still missing is a better temporal logic for organizing synthesis based on coherent gestures or trajectories as they unfold in time. For example, with the CataRT package for MAX individual samples may be selected by targeting a list of associated audio features, or descriptors, however there is not necessarily a connection between the descriptors of one sample and a successive sample to be concatenated.
At the same time, the Factor Oracle algorithm has proven a successful approach for real-time analysis of musical data, with applications for improvisation with OMax and PyOracle. Could a factor-oracle-based system be used to augment real-time CBCS, permitting a predictive logic for synthesis? Building on initial explorations of timbral description in OMax the goal is to expand the list of available timbral descriptors and integrate them with CBCS to create a flexible tool for real-time timbral exploration, computer-assisted composition, and improvisation. A further goal is to enhance the connection between both platforms and score-based notation, presenting an invaluable resource for composers and a promising link for future applications to score and gesture following.
In collaboration between ISMM and Musical Representations Teams and with participation of cellist Pierre Morlet.




Aaron Einbond’s work explores the intersection of composition, computer music, music perception, field recording, and sound installation. He was born in New York in 1978 and has studied at Harvard, the University of Cambridge, the University of California Berkeley, and IRCAM in Paris, with teachers including Mario Davidovsky, Julian Anderson, Edmund Campion, and Philippe Leroux. From 2009–2011 he was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music at Columbia University, from 2012-13 he was Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield, and in Spring 2014 he was Visiting Lecturer on Music at Harvard University. He is currently a John Simon Fellow and Ensemble Dal Niente recently released his portrait album “Without Words” on Carrier Records. 

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Monday April 13

12h00-13h00 Ircam – Salle Stravinsky – Open to public, seminar in French and English

José Echeveste and Marco Stroppa

“Strategies of synchronization between a musician and a computer playing a prerecorded file”