Friday, March 28, 2014

When the computer learns how to listen

After his talk at Telecom Bretagne yesterday, Juan Bello is presenting his work this afternoon during the first Electrocution music festival.

Come to the conference, and stay for the concert: it features great music for solo instruments and electronics, including Huayra-Yana, a creation by composer Javier Torres Maldonado for saxophonist Stéphane Sordet.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Conference on Music Information Retrieval in Brest

I'm delighted to invite you this afternoon to a Conference by Juan Bello at Telecom Bretagne. Juan Bello is an associate professor in Music Technology at New York University, more precisely at the Music & Audio Research Lab.

During this talk entitled Designing and Learning Features for Music Information Retrieval, Juan will mix music & computer science to explain processes like chord recognition, cover song identification, or music structure analysis.

This conference is made possible by the Fulbright France commission, and by Ramesh PYNDIAH at Telecom Bretagne. Juan Bello is a fulbrighter, currently in residence at Telecom Paris.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mahler Entre Sable et Ciel

Last Sunday, I had the great pleasure to play the bass clarinet in Mahler's Lieder einer fahrenden Gesellen, with the Ensemble Entre Sable et Ciel orchestra in Brest, next to clarinetists Christophe Dravers and Michel Dissegna.

Wonderful guests performed with the orchestra: singer Marc Scoffoni and pianist Yun-Yang Lee, who connected deeply with the audience.

Next concert, on Sunday April 13th, features Brahms's Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, and Sibelius's 5th symphony.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Composition with live electronics at Composit 2014

Two years ago, I was very excited to announce Composit 2012, a new music festival with composition courses, organized at the initiative of my friend composer Davide Ianni. In 2014, the project is expanding: the courses include a new live electronic music workshop. Students are going to write for solo instrument & live electronics, with their composition rehearsed and performed during the summer - solo instrument may be violin/viola d'amore, accordion, or classical guitar/electric guitar. Plus, with Emmanuel Jourdan as faculty, you have a first class Max specialist to help everyone get the electronics done, and ready for the concert.

It might not be too late to apply for this great summer course, offering to learn with senior composers Joshua Fineberg and Philippe Leroux. Visit the Composit web site to get the details, and do not hesitate to ask any question: the organizers of this even are wonderful and really passionate about new music.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Syhamo and Sy~

As I mentioned in an earlier post, sculptor Oscar Wiggli is passionate about sounds. This passion, plus his wife Janine's interest in electronics, led to the creation of the Syhamo, a synthesizer interacting with its environment, the kind of project that was not so common at the beginning of the 1980s.

Last year, I had the great pleasure to see three students build and program a new version of the Syhamo: they called it Sy~. Together, we visited the Wigglis in Switzerland - see Antonin Segault's report with pictures of the actual Syhamo.

The visual dimension

The original Syhamo creates music reacting to temperature, distance from users, a.o.


How the Syhamo works: cover of the book Syhamo, published by Iroise.

The Sy~ goes further by synthesizing visuals as well as sounds. Here are examples from the original beta version:


Sy~ demo from Camille Henriot on Vimeo.



Art & Glitch

I was thrilled to learn that the three young professionals who created the Sy~ (Camille Henriot, Cédric Lanoir, and Antonin Segault) founded Art & Glitch, an organization dedicated to digital arts. Check on their web site their story about Syhamo & Sy~.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oscar Wiggli, a sculptor and a composer

On Friday, January 31st, director Claude Stadelmann presents his documentary about sculptor & composer Oscar Wiggli at the Théâtre de l'ABC in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

The movie is shown at 6:15 p.m., followed by a concert of Wiggli's electroacoustic music at 8:30 (more information).

Accompanying three outstanding multimedia students last year in Switzerland, I had the great pleasure to meet Oscar Wiggli and his wife Janine, as well as Claude Stadelmann. Next week, I'll tell you more about this visit and about the Syhamo.

Sound lavis

In this nice excerpt from the film, Oscar Wiggli is creating a sound lavis, i.e. a graphical creation in which he hears sound. Check out from 0:58 when he explains his work:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tonight: homage to composer Christophe Bertrand

I met Christophe Bertrand at the Strasbourg conservatory: we both studied with composer Ivan Fedele. We also worked in the same ARES music school. Unfortunately, Christophe decided to leave this world in 2010.

Tonight, you are invited to a concert of his beautiful and energetic music. Two contemporary classical music ensembles join forces for this unique event: In Extremis (co-founded by Christophe Bertrand) and Court-Circuit. Special thought for the In Extremis musicians: we shared intense musical time in the East of France, especially with violinist Szuhwa Wu, flutist Olivier Class, pianist Maxime Springer, and cellist Anil Eraslan.

Concert at 8 p.m. Monday, January 20th, 2014
Studio 105, Radio France
116 avenue du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris
Porte B
Free entrance.

If you can't make it to the concert hall, listen to the live broadcast on France-Musique radio!