A Look Back at the 2019 IRCAM Forum Workshops

The Ircam Forum Workshop, a key international meeting with a community at the crossroads of arts and science composed of young designers, developers and teachers.

  • This year, from March 26-29, we’ve welcomed 300 participants from 15 countries.Mexico, Brazil, USA, Denmark, England, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, New Zealand, France, Russia, Turkey, South Korea…) including hundreds of students and young designers. They had the chance to attend 50 presentations, 11 hands-on workshops. - Check the schedule.
  • Many presentations from Ircam’s R&D teams, artists in residence and forum members grouped in sessions about mixed reality, collective interaction, 3D audio, algorithmic composition, improvisation and live electronics, gestures and new instruments. Conferences videos are now available via Ressources de l'Ircam -  View photos.
  • The electro concert, IRCAM Live, held during the Forum Workshop welcomed 343 people. https://medias.ircam.fr/embed/media/x671af9

Saxophonist and researche Raphaël Imbert and computer music designer Benjamin Lévy, residents in IRCAM’s Artistic Research program, have put the possibilities of musical improv and artificial intelligence of the OMAX program on stage. After several years of working together, the duo has used the Imbert’s research in the “Deep South” of the United States and the reflections of Benjamin Lévy on new technologies for the creation of A.I. Swing. This is a performance where artificial intelligence becomes a jazz musician, a blues musician, and where an acoustic musician is transformed into a “saxo-bot”!

Scanner explores the role of surveillance in our culture using telephone calls, sonic data, information in a film piece featuring a live performance. Using live and mixed radio signals, each performance depends on its localization and situation..
Pockets of Space by the video collective OpenEndedGroup and the composer Natasha Barrett immerses us in the heart of a complex network of interactions between our conscience, our computational systems, and our physical environment. Melding sound and 3D images, the work, inspired by the branching structure of a tree, it extends, opens, convulses, fractures, twists, and bends.