IRCAM Talk : Sina Fallahzadeh and Serge Lemouton presents "Metanoïa"

Métanoïa : From the temporal succession of events to simultaneity in space

Sina Fallahzadeh (Composer) et Serge Lemouton (Computer Music Producer)


In my opinion, there is an imaginary world that is neither the empirical world of the senses nor the abstract world of the intellect. A world in which everything is (de)materialized, where there would be median experiences between the intelligible world and the sensitive world. There is an imaginary in which the temporal succession of events gives way to simultaneity in space.

Music, on the one hand, represents one of the biases of access to this world, and on the other hand, a means of moving in this space of simultaneous events, where the past, the present and the future coexist. Where sounds from elsewhere and from the past are omnipresent and coexist. Where everything is present, everything is there. Music makes all these invisible colours visible.

As part of the Ircam Talk with Serge Lemouton, we will explain how this imagination inspired me to compose Métanoïa and how we used Chromax and Modalys to create this imagination. This meeting will also be an opportunity to talk about the electroacoustic Totem invented by Marco Stroppa and the use of antescofo for spatialization.


Sina Fallahzadeh (b.1981) is an Iranian composer, living in Paris. Sina studied composition at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional (CRR) de Paris, at Pôle supérieur d'enseignement artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB), and at Haute école de musique (HEM) in Geneva. Prior to that, he earned his master degree in piano performance from the Art University of Teheran. From 2015-2016, he attended to the IRCAM’s practical training in Composition and Computer Music (Cursus) in Paris. Sina was a finalist in the 2012 Métamorphoses competition, the winner of the Luigi Russolo competition in 2013 and among the winners of the "Diaphonia and XelmYa+" in 2017. Sina has studied composition with Gérard Pesson, Denis Dufour and Édith Canat de Chizy in Paris. As in Geneva, he had the chance to study composition with Michael Jarrell as well as Luis Naón and computer music with Éric Daubresse. And in Tehran with Alireza Mashayekhi. Sina collaborated closely and frequently in numerous workshops, master-classes and courses with many composers such as Franck Bedrossian, Marco Stroppa, Hèctor Parra and Frédéric Durieux. His music compositions have been featured in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Croatia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Iran. Sina's music has been performed by various ensembles internationally, including 2e2m, Itinéraire, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Du bout du Monde, XelmYa+, etc. Sina is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in musicology with Pierre Couprie at the Sorbonne University while working on "Metaphysics of space in the works of Marco Stroppa". Sina is considered as composers integrating elements of rich cultural background with modern and contemporary elements to acquire a singularity of a unique perspective. The selected elements come from various musical cultures, historical epochs, and geographical places. Each piece for him has a very profound relationship with culture. Hence the source of inspiration seeded in the cultural references and images coming from far away, or in objects and symbols belonging to somewhere else. The morphological development of the sound gestures, the evolution of the timbre and spatial interaction of the different sound layers have a crucial place in his musical composition. 

Serge Lemouton was born in 1967 and studied the violin as a child.  He followed the musicology cycle at the Sorbonne and in 1988 wrote a dissertation entitled Instrument-Interprète-Informatique (lit. Instrument-Performer-Computer Science) under the aegis of Manfred Kelkel.  From 1988 to 1992, Lemouton studied musical writing at the CNSMD in Lyon where he specialized in different fields of computer music in the Sonvs department.  Since 1992, he has worked as a musical assistant/Computer Music Producer at IRCAM.  He has worked with the IRCAM researchers to develop computer tools and has taken part in the production of several composers' musical projects.  He was responsible for the production and performance in real-time of several of Philippe Manoury's works including K…, la frontière, and On-Iron.  He also developed several computer music programs: a C-version of Chant (1990) for Macintosh, numerous external objects for Max (nth) and Max/MSP (samplor~, etc.), as well as systems for score following and the analysis of instrumental gesture carried out primarily using Max/MSP.  Since 1998 he has been teaching at the Université Paris VIII.  Lemouton is also the author of diverse works for the meantone harpsichord, viola da gamba, cornetto, and cristal-baschet. He has worked on musical creations with the following composers: Florence Baschet Spira Manes, Bogenlied ; Frédéric Durieux : Here, Not There; Karlheinz Essl : Entsagung ; Kimmo Hakola : Le sacrifice ; Michael Jarrell : Rhizomes ; Mauro Lanza : le songe de Medée ; Michael Levinas : Rebonds ; Magnus Lindberg : Related Rocks ; Philippe Manoury : K…, On-iron, La frontière, Noon, Partita 1 ; Benedict Mason : third music ; Tristan Murail : L’esprit des dunes ; Valerio Sannicandro : ius lucis ; Asbjorn Schaathun : Double Portrait ; Marco Stroppa : come natura di foglia, i will not kiss you flag, Gerard Winkler : Koma … 


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December, Monday 9th 2019, 5pm-6pm