Latest developments in spatial audio and computer aided composition tools from IRCAM

IMV, UiO and NMH 24.11.2014 10.0026.11.2014 16.00


Invited guests:

Jean Bresson: Leading the Research and Development part on computer­aided composition at IRCAM.

Thibaut Carpentier: Research and Development Engineer; Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team, responsible for Spat’s design and development.

Dimitri Bouche: Ph.D Candidate in Computer Science applied to Music.

Carpentier, Bouche and Bresson are deeply involved in the development of IRCAM’s spatial audio and computer aided composition tools. Recently, spatial audio within spat has grown to include very high order 3D ambisonics and wavefield synthesis in an efficient, flexible and powerful configuration. Likewise, OpenMusic has transformed as tool for instrumental composers to a tool that integrates signal processing. Our guests from IRCAM will present their latest developments in a morning of research­oriented presentations and in an afternoon of practical spatial audio demos and workshops.

Monday 24th November

Participation only by invitation


FourMs Motion Capture Lab
Department of Musicology
ZEB building
Sem Sælands vei 2 A


10.00 – 12.30: Formal presentations from the three guests:

10.00 – 11.00: Recent research and developments in spatial audio and
computer-aided composition.

Thibaut Carpentier, Jean Bresson, Dimitri Bouche

11.00 – 12.30: Presentation focusing on spatial audio

Practical spatialisation demos and workshops (in horizontal ambisonics up to 11th order over 24 speakers – a preview of the future norm.)

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 14.30: Short presentations from IMV on current spatial and motion research

14.30 – 16.00: Workshop continuation and discussions.

16.00 – 1700: Coffee

17.00 – onwards: Eventually; informal work and further demonstrations in the studio (Thibaut Carpentier)


NB! Norwegian Academy of Music
Slemdalsveien 11
Room: 01011

18.00 – 19.30: OpenMusic: General introduction (Jean Bresson & Dimitri Bouche) (first group)

[20.00 – : Dinner]

Tuesday 25th November

Open for participation


Norwegian Academy of Music
Slemdalsveien 11
Room: 01008


10.30 – 12.00: OpenMusic: General introduction (Jean Bresson & Dimitri Bouche) (second

12.00 – 12.15: Coffee

Room: Auditoriet

12.15 – 13.45: Most recent development in OpenMusic

[14.30 – 16.00: Meeting (Bresson, Carpentier, Bouche and staff from the Composition
Department of the Academy.)]

16.30 – 18.00: From a composer’s point of view: To compose with OpenMusic; strategies in
Computer Aided Composition”
(Asbjørn Schaathun)

Room: 03005

[18.15 – 20.00: “Round Table discussion”; IRCAM meets Norwegian institutions:

  • J.Bresson, T.Carpentier, D.Bouche – IRCAM
  • Trond Lossius – BEK, Bergen Center for Electronic Arts
  • Natasha Barrett – IMV, University of Oslo, Department of Musicology
  • Notto J W Thelle – NOTAM, Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts
  • Øyvind Brandtsegg – NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Asbjørn Schaathun, Mats Claesson – NMH, Norwegian Academy of Music
  • Mediator: Anders Vinjar ]

[20.30 – : Dinner]

Wednesday 26th November

Open for participation


Norwegian Academy of Music
Slemdalsveien 11
Room: 01015


10.00 – 11.30: OpenMusic Workshop

11.30 – 12.00: Coffee

12.00 – 13.30: OpenMusic Workshop

13.30 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 16.00: OpenMusic Workshop

18.30 – : Reception

[20.00 – : Dinner]

BEK activities relating to OpenMusic have been supported by Norsk kulturråd, the Municipality of Bergen, Det norske komponistfond and PNEK.