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What is the difference between an angry bear and a C#? None, according to our brain. Coming across a bear in a forest will make our heart rates increase to get ready to fight, our body sweat to regulate our temperature and get ready to run, our mouth shout, in a sudden ancient reflex to warn our kind of danger. The same thing happens with music. It may well be far less dangerous than a bear, yet music holds tremendous power over our emotions. And this is a real issue for neuroscientists who usually understand emotions as survival reflexes. In line with IRCAM will for uniting science and music, ManiFeste-2016 will broach this issue and many others during scientific events that will bring face-to-face researchers, instrument makers, computer-music designers and composers from all around the world.
SmartInstrument (violin) - Repetition of the Quatuor Béla, IRCAM © IRCAM
Researcher Jean-Julien Aucouturier created Cream (Cracking the Emotional Code of Music) in 2013, an IRCAM-based project gathering neuroscientists and audio engineers that aims to combine signal processing and cognitive neuroscience in order to understand how music creates emotions. Following his research concerns, he is organising on June 8 and 9, as part of ManiFeste-2016, the scientific event Emotional Archetypes: Music and Neurosciences. Scientists, computer-music designers and composers like Salvatore Sciarrino, Thierry De Mey and Hyun-Hwa Cho, will tackle issues such as automatic processing of musical emotions in the brain, animal signals and emotion in music or voice synthesis technologies in contemporary music creation. A fascinating overview of what music and its innovations can bring to the understanding of our brain.
Science and technological innovations can also bring a lot to music itself, as demonstrated by the scientific event Innovation in Instrument-Making, organized by IRCAM-STMS researcher Adrien Mamou-Mani. In connection with the Centre Pompidou exhibit “Un Art Pauvre”, it will compare different points of view from constructors, scientists, engineers and performers on the question of technical, economical and sociological innovation in instrument making. SmartInstruments —hybrid acoustic-electronic instruments develop by IRCAM instrumental acoustic team— will be one of the main innovations the event will introduce. The scientific event When the Guitar Electrifies! (Itself), will gather instrument makers, guitarists, collectors, scientists, composers and performers on June 23 and 24 at the Philharmonie de Paris. It will discuss today’s issue of the queen of blues and rock & roll, and present IRCAM’s SmartGuitar. SmartInstruments embody the collaboration between science, technology and music and are, according to Adrien Mamou-Mani, the “next major technological step for acoustic instruments”.
Telecaster Fender, Fullerton, Etats-Unis, 1953. Photo : Jean-Marc Anglès © Musée de la musique
This new technology is not only dedicated to performers, but also to composers: Marco Momi’s Unrisen and Tomas Bordalejo's new piece, programmed in ManiFeste-2016, both use SmartInstruments. But science and technology can also help composers in the most complex and mysterious aspects of musical composition: orchestration. This will be the purpose of the event Towards a Treatise on Interactive Orchestration, in which an international team of scientists and musicians will present a project aiming, thanks to collective advances in the psychology of perception and computer music, at the production of a treatise on interactive orchestration.
Salle Stravinsky, IRCAM © IRCAM
As an appetizer before all this food for thought, scientists and artists from IRCAM will present sound creation and the latest artistic innovations in Centre Pompidou Imagine weekend on June 4 and 5. Documentaries about creation at IRCAM, debates about the future of live performances, conference about digital voices for the stage and cinema and a collective live performance: a perfect introduction the musical and scientific research at IRCAM.
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Emotional Archetypes: Music and Neurosciences
Innovation in Instrument-Making
When the Guitar Electrifies! (Itself)
Concert: When the Guitar Electrifies! (Itself) with Tomas Bordalejo’s new work
Nocturnes, with Marco Momi’s Unrisen
Towards a Treatise on Interactive Orchestration