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Spatialization, Orchestration, Perception
IRCAM Forum Workshop
Montreal, April 2–5, 2020

Contemporary music practitioners and scholars from McGill University, the Université de Montréal, the Société des Arts Technologiques, Le Vivier, and the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) come together to investigate different aspects of musical space and timbre. This series of research presentations and concerts marks the first time Paris-based IRCAM has visited Canada through their hors les murs workshop series.

Research presentations

The IRCAM Forum Workshop in Montreal will include three days of presentations by Forum members, IRCAM developers and composers, visiting artists and scholars, and researchers from the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), McGill University, and the Université de Montréal. Guest composers Georgia Spiropoulos, Sasha J. Blondeau, and Carmine Emanuele Cella will discuss their work. Workshop sites will include the SAT, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and the Faculté de musique of the Université de Montréal.

We invite proposals for presentations and demonstrations involving IRCAM technologies and their applications as well as other innovative approaches to music and multimedia creation. Presentations and demos related to the three main themes of spatialization, orchestration, and perception are particularly encouraged, but talks on other topics are also welcome. Proposals will be accepted for 20-minute presentations and demos in either English and French, with the majority of presentations from visiting IRCAM researchers and artists presented in English.

Two types of submission can be submitted for inclusion in the IRCAM Forum Workshop program:
Presentations: In addition to the lectures by IRCAM researchers and composers on IRCAM technologies and related artistic projects, we welcome presentations on recent artwork involving new music technologies. Accepted presentations will be programmed in dedicated sessions during the Forum Workshop in an equipped conference room with internet access, stereo audio, and a video screen. Each presenter will receive approximately 20 minutes.
Demos: We will also accept proposals for demonstrations on technologies for the arts developed by Forum members, computer music designers, and artists from all around the world. Each demonstrator will receive approximately 20 minutes. Demo rooms will be equipped with a video projector and stereo audio, with several sessions devoted to spatialized sound located in multichannel studios.

To submit a proposal, upload a 250-word abstract and a short bio to the online call for contributions. All submissions will be reviewed by IRCAM staff and the Forum Workshop organizing committee. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2019.

Online registration for the IRCAM Forum Workshop will open in early 2020. Registration fees are $200 for the full three days of the workshop, or $80 for single-day registration. Student registrations are discounted 50%: $100 for the full three days of the workshop, or $40 for single-day registration. 


Workshop schedule

  • April 3, 2020, Société des arts technologiques, 1201 boulevard St-Laurent
    Presentations and demos by IRCAM developers/composers and invited guest artists/researchers in the Satosphère and Espace SAT
    5:00 p.m. Welcome reception
  • April 4, 2020, Université de Montréal, Faculté de musique, 220 avenue Vincent-D'Indy
    Presentations and demos by IRCAM developers/composers and invited guest artists/researchers
  • April 5, 2020, Schulich School of Music of McGill University, 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
    Presentations and demos by IRCAM developers/composers and invited guest artists/researchers
    5:00 p.m. CIRMMT Distinguished Lecture by Carmine Emanuele Cella: "Can Picasso think in shapes?"
     

Concerts

  • April 2, 2020 7:30 p.m., Université de Montréal, Salle Claude-Champagne, 220 avenue Vincent-D'Indy
    Concert 1: (d)Tourner
    Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne with the Ensemble de musique contemporaine de l’Université de Montréal
    Works by JÉRÔME COMBIER, PHILIPPE LEROUX, SERGE ARCURI
    Free admissionmore information
  • April 3, 2020 8:00 p.m. Le Gesù, Amphithéâtre, 1200 rue de Bleury
    Concert 2: Voi(Rex)
    Ensemble Paramirabo
    Works by PHILIPPE LEROUX, JAMES O'CALLAGHAN, ZOSHA DI CASTRI
    Tickets: $18 presale, $35 at the door ($25 for registered workshop participants)more information
  • April 4, 2020 7:30 p.m. Schulich School of Music of McGill University, MMR (Music Multimedia Room), 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
    Concert 3: Germination
    In this live@CIRMMT concert, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble plays music by JEAN-LUC HERVÉ, SASHA J. BLONDEAU, JONAS REGNIER
    Free admission with registrationmore information
  • April 5, 2020 3:00 p.m. Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Wirth Opera Studio, 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
    Concert 4: Roll... n'Roll... n'Roll
    The McGill Digital Composition Studio presents new music for solo instruments and electronics with guest artists Alexandra Tibbitts and Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin
    Works by GEORGIA SPIROPOULOS, SEAN FERGUSON
    Free admission
  • April 5, 2020 8:00 p.m. Le Gesù, Amphithéâtre, 1200 rue de Bleury
    Concert 5: Nine Rivers 
    Percussion sextet Sixtrum plays music by CARMINE EMANUELE CELLA, JAMES DILLON, TAN DUN, ONDŘEJ ADÁMEK
    Tickets: $18 presale, $35 at the door ($25 for registered workshop participants)more information