HANDS-ON SESSION COURSE: Synchronize Musicians and Electronics

  • Friday 6 March 2015 - Saturday 7 March 2015
  • 10h00 - 17h30 (local time)

Date: Friday, March 6 and Saturday, 7, 2015
Time: 10am-1pm & 2:30pm-5:30pm
Instructor: Grégoire Lorieux
Language: French
Hands-On Session Level


Advanced knowledge of Max and knowledge of a software program like Finale, Sibelius, or NoteAbility.


Upon completion of this session participants will have seen different methods for score-following and will have a deeper understanding of the Antescofo system, in theory, in practice, and musically.


This hands-on session centers on three points:

  • A presentation of various score-following methods on the market today, focusing on the mixed-music repertoire and, more specifically, on the Antescofo system developed at IRCAM

  • A detailed presentation of the software necessary for the Antescofo system, particularly NoteAbility. Each participant will prepare a short musical score that includes sound events to be set off

  • A hands-on exercise using the score-following system live with a guest musician who will perform the participants' scores

Friday Morning

  • Presentation of the theory behind Antescofo, demos

  • Exercises with Devenir by Durieux

  • Presentation of a concert patch, the Antescofo object: messages to send to the object

  • Tests - following with Antescofo simple: scores (and actions) and simulations

Friday Afternoon

  • Syntax of SCORE

  • Syntax of ACTIONS

  • Global/local messages

Saturday Morning

  • Writing the electronic score

  • Additional syntax information; groups, loops, curves, mode tight/loose

Saturday Afternoon

  • Demos: tight/not tight mode with Handel and with Bach’s Fugue

  • Following settings in situ

  • Reading sketches with electronics: 20 minutes per work

  • Comments on electronics, corrections