Interactive Sound Devices

Exploring the boundaries between the visual arts and music, several educational institutions, research centers and artists will present their works via various sound devices in a demonstration space set up within Ircam's walls. Thirty-minute presentations showing examples of motion capture technologies will be followed by a hands-on session.

The Tempest, based on the play by Shakespeare

  • Participants: Fabrice Guédy, composer; Caroline Delabie and Floriane Rigolot, visual artists

L'Atelier des Feuillantines, dedicated to experimental educational techniques for both musical and artistic creation, has been working with high school and conservatory students on a project centered around the cult film Forbidden Planet (1956). The students' role is similar to that of the pianist in silent films. Muted images taken from the film were projected and the students were asked to create accompanying musical material using sensors and concepts they learned in their classes during the school year. The result was then sent to visual arts classes, without the images, where it was up to these students to then produce the visual imagery corresponding to the music.

This installation by Fabrice Guédy, composer and teacher at Feuillantines, Caroline Delabie, visual artist and teacher at the Musée du Louvre and at Feuillantines, and Floriane Rigolot, visual artist and teacher at Feuillantines, was produced using material composed by the students, using Musique Lab 2.

A Trip into the Sounds of the Matériauthèque

  • Participants: Roland Cahen, head of the ENSCI sound studio, Romain Thévenet, Sandrine Herbert, Renske Solkesz, and Julien Grobozet, project designers.

The Matériauthèque at the ENSCI (Ecole nationale supérieur de la creation industrielle) is a vast set of samples of industrial materials and implementation techniques, which is used as an identification, research, and comparison tool. The sound creation studio has been attempting to develop the sonic aspects of the collection. The project has been challenging, as it is rare for a material to produce its own unique sound. The students will explain several project models during a presentation. These models will be left on display for two days following the presentation.

Lemur: a new tactile interface for live performance

  • Participants: Guillaume Lartiguet, founder of Jazzmutant, Ali Momeni, researcher

The Lemur is a new controller for use in live performances, a modular graphic interface based on the screen technology that allows several fingers to be detected simultaneously. Several Lemurs will be presented during a performance and as part of an installation that allows visitors to experiment with them.

Eobody II: Motion Capture System

  • Participants: Marc Sirguy, director of MESI

Eowave will present Eobody II, a new capture and control system that that can be applied to the world of live performance as well as to the field of robotics. Its modular architecture, organized around a central module, the "brain", to which different integrated user interfaces (control modules, sensory modules, HF, hubs) are connected, offers an open, nearly limitless system that contains a total of 256 sensors (sixteen groups of sixteen sensors).

Sliders: For interactive and collective filmmaking

  • Participants: Frédéric Curien, professor at the École supérieure de l'image, and several performers

Sliders is an open system, made up of a variable number of active parts, whose different workshops constitute all of the phases necessary for the creation an interactive cinematic work. The workshops called "cinema-video", "sound-music", "hardware", "software", and "concepts" comprise the five different exploratory areas of what we call "le film à venir" (the future film), or, more precisely, the N+1 film to which the programming will be added.

Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, 11, 3pm-8pm / IRCAM, Studio 5

  • Acces conditions: free entrance, on a first-come first-serve basis

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