Workshop: Composing & improvising with information

A workshop organized by Research Axis 2 (Music information research).

 Workshop Composing & Improvising

Registration (CLOSED)

Registration is now closed. For more information, please contact Guillaume Boutard at guillaume.boutard[at]


Interacting with music & sound-related information structures has developed over the last 30 years to encompass a wide variety of compositional and improvisational practices (as exemplified by our guests who are active in free improvisation and composition with CataRT and FluCoMA). This workshop intends to look at current directions in musicological and practical research in the last 14 years, following the review published by Schwarz in 2006 and the interest in databases as new art forms that developed in the mid-1990s. We hope to start a conversation between CIRMMT Research Axis 2 research interests and this range of musical practice. We welcome both research and research-creation presentations. The morning session will be dedicated to formal presentations and the afternoon session to hands-on activities and a round table. The day’s workshop will be followed by a concert in the evening.

This workshop will include the participation of two special guests:


  • 09:30-09:45 - Welcome
  • 09:45-10:30 - Diemo Schwarz, History, present, and future of CBCS, examples of data-based compositions
  • 10:30-10:45 - Coffee break
  • 10:45-12:15 - Session 1
    • Andrew Brouse, Realisation of Gentle Fire by Alvin Lucier using real-time and historical medical data to control sound transformation processes
    • Christian Frisson, Overview of gestural interaction with sound information, towards force-feedback
    • Estelle Schorpp, Écosystème(s), a self-interactive sound installation
  • 12:15-13:15 - Lunch @ Casa Obscura (provided by CIRMMT)
  • 13:15-14:00 - Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, The FluCoMa Project: Empowering techno-fluent sound artists
  • 14:00-15:00 - Session 2
    • Yalong Ju, Figured bass prediction on Bach chorales using deep neural networks
    • Julie Delisle, Using instrumental timbre as a controller
  • 15:00-15:15 - Coffee break
  • 15:15-16:45 - Session 3
    • Guillaume Boutard, From signal to data – re-use value in creative processes
    • Takuto Fukuda & Ana Dall'Ara-Majek, Influence of interface designs on our compositional strategies for our recent works
    • Navid Navab, Composing for materials to perform
  • 17:00 - End of presentations
  • 19:30-21:00 - Concert
Following the presentations, an improvisational concert featuring Sylvain Pohu, Diemo Schwarz, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, and guests will ensue.


Part I

  • I am speaking into a microphone, Diego Schwarz

Part II

  • Improvised combinatory sets with Sylvain Pohu, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, and guests

Call for Presentations (CLOSED)

Please note that the Call for Presentations for this event is now closed.

Each presentation will be 10-15 min. in length, followed by a 10 min. discussion.


  • live interaction with music & sound information structures
  • improvising with music information (solo or group)
  • affordances & ergonomy of technologies for interactions with music information
  • composing with big data
  • critical use of available ML and AI technologies
  • creative processes, repurposing of media, and data reuse