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Agora 2007 - Utopia ExoticaIrcam - Centre Pompidou


Symposium on New Computational Paradigms for Computer Music

The musical language used by software programs is dependant on conceptual models (paradigms) invented by computer programmers and researchers in computer music. Which recent computer paradigms may possibly expand the vocabulary of music? Which musical models - especially concerning the representation of time - could be the inspiration for computer science?

Much of today's computer music technology, both hardware and software, is based on computational paradigms that were present when the field emerged almost thirty years ago. IRCAM's research, motivated by specific musical goals, has frequently been on the cutting edge of computer science. The development of real-time systems (e.g. 4X, Max/MSP), object oriented languages (Formes), constraint programming (Situation), and visual programming languages (OpenMusic) are some examples.

Today, many of computer music's major developments have reached a certain conceptual and technical maturity. As a result, it is vital to examine the new computational paradigms that have emerged in computer science in order to evaluate their relevance and potential for the applications for music in the years ahead.

On one hand, the new ideas could serve as a source of inspiration for musical projects, and on the other they could serve as solutions for known – but up to now unsolved – problems. At the same time, some problems encountered in computer music – such as the representation of time in its different musical forms – could be a source of interest to the computer-science community.

The colloquium's goal, therefore, is to bring together major figures both in the fields of computer science and music in order to encourage exchanges on different levels and outline new perspectives for the future.


Carlos Agon (Équipe Représentations musicales, Ircam, Paris, France) | Philippe Codognet (Université de Paris 6, France et Ambassade de France à Tokyo, Japon), keynote speaker | Pierre Cointe (Département de l'Informatique. École des Mines de Nantes, France) | Alexandre François (Computer Science Department, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC, USA) | Yann Orlarey (GRAME, Association, Lyon, France) | Camilo Rueda (Science and engineering of computing. Universidad Javeriana-Cali, Colombie) | Peter Van Roy (Département d'Ingénierie Informatique. Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique), keynote speaker.

Monday, June 11, 9:30am-7pm / IRCAM, salle Stravinsky

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