This intensive program offers the opportunity to a select group of composers to discover the software environments developed at IRCAM for musical creation. These environments encompass the domains of computer-assisted composition, synthesis, and sound processing.
Instruction in English
Prerequisite: Advanced knowledge of Max/MSP programming. Candidates must have followed either the “First Steps with Max/MSP” program or the levels 1, 2, and 3 Max/MSP courses at IRCAM. If candidates have not taken these courses, they must provide proof that their level of competence corresponds to the Max tutorials 1 through 30 and all the MSP tutorials.
The training alternates classes on theory with hands-on computer workshops, providing students with a greater understanding of AudioSculpt, OpenMusic, Modalys, and several advanced libraries for Max/MSP. Further presentations will give participants insight into recent developments in musical and scientific research at the institute including spatialization, gesture following, synthesis models, and computer-assisted orchestration.
A one-year membership to the IRCAM Forum and its software subscription package is included in the price of the training. Students can attend, free of charge, the IRCAM Forum Workshops on June 10-12, 2009.
This program is being held during the IRCAM Agora Festival, the culmination of the institute’s artistic season. The 2009 edition of Agora (June 5-20, 2009) includes world premieres, concerts, performances, conferences, and encounters.
Monday & Tuesday, June 15 & 16, 2009
Computer Music Session: Key Concepts and Hands-On Workshops – AudioSculpt
Teacher: Éric Daubresse
First steps with AudioSculpt’s graphical interface:
- Visualization and edition of the sonogram
- Exploration of the basic processing techniques (filtering, dilation, cross synthesis, etc.)
- Optimization of analysis parameters
- Use of a processing sequencer
- Use of a computational engine with a command line interface
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, June 17, 18, & 19, 2009
Computer Music Session: Key Concepts and Hands-On Workshops – OpenMusic
Teacher: Mikhail Malt
Use of the graphical programming environment for composition:
- Introduction to the OpenMusic interface
- Creation of patches using musical editors (chord-seq, voice, model, etc.)
- Algorithmic generation of musical sequence
Monday, June 22
Communication inter-software: AudioSculpt and OpenMusic
Teacher: Mikhail Malt
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, June 23, 24, & 25, 2009
Computer Music Session: Key Concepts and Hands-On Workshops – Max/MSP
Tuesday, June 23 (Éric Daubresse)
Wednesday, June 24 (Emmanuel Jourdan)
- Optimization and methods for projects: patch architecture, sequencing, communicating over a network
Thursday, June 24 (Emmanuel Jourdan)
- External object libraries for Max/MSP at IRCAM (spectral processing techniques, granular synthesis, voice processing, etc.)
Friday, June 26
Friday Morning (Frédéric Bevilacqua)
- Motion capture
Friday Afternoon (Gérard Assayag & Diemo Schwarz)
- OMax (computer-assisted improvisation)
- CataRT (concatenative synthesis)
Monday & Tuesday, June 29 & 30, 2009
Computer Music Session: Key Concepts and Hands-On Workshops – Modalys
Teacher: Jean Lochard
Following an introduction to different methods used for synthesis via physical models, students will use Modalys for the first time:
- Construction of a virtual instrument
- Use Modalys in real-time in Max/MSP
- Construction and control of an instrument in OpenMusic
- Introduction to the creation of 3D instruments
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Wednesday Morning (Emmanuel Jourdan)
- Signal analysis and sound descriptors
Wednesday Afternoon (Arshia Cont)
- Score following with Antescofo~
As the students acquire and assimilate more and more knowledge they will carry out exercises and create patches that make use of what the students have learned, verify their understanding, and push them to learn more. Assessments and evaluations at the end of the course will let each student understand the progress they have made toward their personal goal.
Upon completion of this 12-day program
Students will be able to evaluate problems and choose the appropriate computer tools needed for their creative projects. Students will also be able to navigate in and understand the software environments covered during the program; students will have reached a point where they can learn new functions autonomously.
From Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 10am-1pm and 2:30pm-5:30pm / IRCAM
Organizations: 4,100€ (+ TVA 19,6%)
IRCAM Forum Members: Organizations: 3,300€ (+ TVA 19,6%)
IRCAM Forum Members: Individuals: 1,900€
Registration to this program entitles participants to:
78 hours of instruction (June 15 – July 1, 2009)
The Agora Festival pass (4 concerts)
A one-year membership to the IRCAM Forum
Éric Daubresse, Emmanuel Jourdan, Jean Lochard, Grégoire Lorieux, Mikhail Malt (computer music designers/IRCAM teaching staff)
Didactic Material and Assessments
Hands-on work sessions take place on individual workstations (iMac, MIDI keyboard, headphones) and are led by one or more instructor(s). Instructors use a workstation connected to a video projector and a quadraphonic sound system. Either paper of electronic teaching aids will be available for students.
Application deadline: Friday, April 3, 2009
Download the registration form (pdf, 521K) and return by post
Documents to be provided (sent electronically by e-mail or on CD-ROM by post):
- A curriculum vitae that presents details of your training in composition and computer-music, please mention the level of your expertise in Max/MSP (e.g. a certificate of completion of a training program)
- A description of you professional activites (e.g. commissions, concerts, music teaching)
- Scores and/or recordings of 2 recent works, at leas on of which uses electronics.
Information: info-pedagogie(at)ircam.fr | Natacha Moënne-Loccoz +33(0)1 44 78 48 17
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