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2018/04/07

Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (book, software)

Rozalie Hirs, Bob Gilmore: Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (Paris: IRCAM/Delatour, 2009)

Book
The first part of this book contains an interview with Tristan Murail and three essays on musical works of Claude Vivier (Lonely child, 1980), Gérard Grisey (Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, 1997–98), and Tristan Murail (Le lac, 2001) by Bob Gilmore, Jean-Luc Hervé, and Rozalie Hirs. The authors provide detailed analyses of these works, focusing on the frequency-based techniques and compositional processes employed by the composers.

The second part of the book originated in OpenMusic and Contemporary Compositional Techniques, a series of lectures and workshops given by Rozalie Hirs and guest professors Tristan Murail, Mikhail Malt, Benjamin Thigpen, Marco Stroppa, and Niels Bogaards at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam during the 2005/06 academic year. The series was initiated by the Nieuw Ensemble and its artistic director, Joël Bons, as part of the annual Componistenpracticum. The Nieuw Ensemble and conductor Lucas Vis rehearsed and performed new pieces written by an international group of composition students from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire in the Netherlands. In turn, the students documented their creative process in the seven essays included in this volume. An extensive essay on Tristan Murail’s compositional ideas and frequency-based techniques originated in the lecture series given by Rozalie Hirs. It provides the most detailed discussion of Murail’s work available in English today.

The two articles by Rozalie Hirs were written with financial support by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (2003-05) and Amsterdam School of the Arts (2006-07). The article On Murial’s Le lac was part of her D.M.A. dissertation at Columbia University (2007).
Press release [PDF]

Software
All OM patches discussed in the book were programmed in OpenMusic. All OM patches illuminating the ideas and techniques of Tristan Murail employ the OMTristan library. The original OMTristan library was developed by Tristan Murail. Rozalie Hirs merged OMTristan with the original Esquisse library; the menu and object names were unified and translated into English; those characters that are forbidden or active in CommonLISP were removed from the object names. It was upgraded to versions 3.0 and 3.1 for use with higher versions of OM and MacOsX by Jean Bresson, and further debugged into version 3.2 by António Florença for use with the latest OpenMusic software. In the summer of 2016 Tristan Murail and Rozalie Hirs added some new functions to the OMTristan 3.3. In the Spring of 2018 Jean Bresson updated the library in order to make it compatible with the current version of OpenMusic 6.13. Feel free to share the updated library through this page. Enjoy!

OMTristan 2.0 for Mac PPC and pre-Intel versions of OM
OMTristan 3.0 for Mac Intel and PPC and OM 6.1.2-6.5
OMTristan 3.1 for higher versions of OM and MacOsX (14 February 2014)
OMTristan 3.2 for the current version of OpenMusic (7 October 2015)
OMTristan 3.3 with added functionalities, for the current version of OpenMusic 6.10-6.12 (19 August 2016)
OMTristan 3.4 compatible with OpenMusic 6.13 (7 April 2018)

N.B. As a general rule keep in mind that OMTristan works best in OpenMusic on its own, i.e. try to avoid loading too many other libraries while working with OMTristan.

Microtonal playback
You might like to address problems concerning microtonal playback (within the current version of OpenMusic 6.10) by using the free software SimpleSynth and taking the following steps to set up playback. You can download the additional simplesynth-basics.omp patch, devised by Tristan Murail, here.

When initializing for the first time:
A.) open MIDI setup in Audio MIDI Setup
B.) doubleclick IAC Driver
C.) create 2 virtual midibusses: IAC bus 1 and 2
D.) make them active => V put online
E.) open SimpleSynth
F.) select IAC port 1 from menu
G.) launch OpenMusic; open your current workspace or create a new one
H.) import the simplesynth-basics.omp patch into your current workspace and evaluate steps 1-3

Always when opening OpenMusic:
A.) open SimpleSynth
B.) launch OpenMusic
C.) open the simplesynth-basics.omp patch and evaluate steps 1-3

(Remember to switch on ‘Auto microtone bend’ by ticking the box in OpenMusic Preferences/MIDI)


2016/09/04

OpenMusic workshop @ Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy

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On 4 September 2016 from 11:00-17:15, as part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy, Rozalie Hirs teaches a one day workshop on OpenMusic (IRCAM). This is a workshop for composers who would like to get acquainted with OpenMusic and explore its possibilities towards the compositional process. Together we install the software and the OMTristan library on your laptops, and take the first steps towards building patches and performing musical calculations. We also look into some examples of how these calculations can turn into musical scores and data for sound synthesis.

The course is based on Hirs’s two articles from Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic, a book she co-edited with the late Bob Gilmore in 2009.

You can apply for the workshop by sending an e-mail to academy@muziekweek.nl with your name and a short statement why you would like to take part in this course and what you would like to learn (deadline: 15 August 2016). The workshop is open to a maximum of twelve participants. A ticket for the workshop can be obtained through this link.


2016/06/27

OpenMusic workshop @ Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy [invitation]

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On 4 September 2016 from 11:00-17:15, as part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy, I shall be teaching a one day workshop on OpenMusic (IRCAM). This is a workshop for composers who would like to get acquainted with OpenMusic and explore its possibilities towards the compositional process. We shall install the software and the OMTristan library on our laptops, and take the first steps towards building patches and performing musical calculations. We also shall look into some examples of how these calculations can turn into musical scores and data for sound synthesis.

The course is based on my two articles from Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic, a book co-edited with the late Bob Gilmore in 2009.

You can apply for the workshop by sending an e-mail to academy@muziekweek.nl with your name and a short statement why you would like to take part in this course and what you would like to learn (deadline: 15 August 2016). The workshop is open to a maximum of twelve participants. A ticket for the workshop can be obtained through this link.

The workshop takes place at Muziekhuis, Loevenhoutsedijk 301, 3552 XE Utrecht, The Netherlands.


2011/11/16

Masterclasses, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

Julian Anderson & John Adams at the Guildhall School of Music and Dram, London

During the 2010-2011 season, Rozalie Hirs is Visiting Lecturer at the Composition Department of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England. During this period, she is giving masterclasses over the course of several weeks, as well as workshops and private composition lessons to students of the Guildhall School. This includes a three day period from November 16 to 18, 2011. The focus is on new compositional techniques and applications of the OpenMusic software, developed at IRCAM, as part of the compositional process.

Rozalie Hirs, Bob Gilmore: Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (Paris: IRCAM/Delatour, 2009)


2011/03/21

Masterclasses, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

Julian Anderson & John Adams at the Guildhall School of Music and Dram, London
During the 2010-2011 season, Rozalie Hirs is Visiting Lecturer at the Composition Department of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England. During this period, she is giving masterclasses over the course of several weeks, as well as workshops and private composition lessons to students of the Guildhall School. This includes a three day period from March 21 to 23, 2011. The focus is on new compositional techniques and applications of the OpenMusic software, developed at IRCAM, as part of the compositional process.

 

Rozalie Hirs, Bob Gilmore: Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (Paris: IRCAM/Delatour, 2009)


2010/11/30

Masterclasses, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

Rozalie Hirs, Bob Gilmore: Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (Paris: IRCAM/Delatour, 2009)

During the 2010-2011 season, Rozalie Hirs is Visiting Lecturer at the Composition Department, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England. During this period, she gives a number of masterclasses, workshops and composition lessons, including on November 30 and December 1, 2010. The focus is on new compositional techniques and the application of the OpenMusic (IRCAM) computer program as part of the compositional process.


2010/06/23

Masterclasses, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

Rozalie Hirs, Bob Gilmore: Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (Paris: IRCAM/Delatour, 2009)

On June 23 and June 24, 2010, Rozalie Hirs is Visiting Composer at the Composition Department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

On June 23, 2010, between 14:00 and 17:00, she gives a lecture on the work and compositional techniques of Tristan Murail; between 18:00 and 20:00, she gives a lecture on her own work. On June 24, 2011, she gives composition lessons for postgraduate students.

Throughout the following academic year 2010-11 Rozalie Hirs is Visiting Lecturer at the Guildhall School, giving three more sessions consisting of masterclasses, workshops, and composition lessons.


2010/01/14

Contemporary compositional techniques and OpenMusic – book launch

Rozalie Hirs, Bob Gilmore: Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (Paris: IRCAM/Delatour, 2009)

On January 14, at the Amsterdam Conservatory, the book Contemporary compositional techniques and OpenMusic, published by IRCAM and Editions Delatour is launched. The book is edited by Rozalie Hirs and Bob Gilmore. At the launch, Hirs gives a lecture on the book, on the musical composition Le Lac (2001) by Tristan Murail, and on the OpenMusic computer program.


2008/11/17

Lecture and workshop, USCD, United States

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On November 17, 2008, from 17:00 to 19:00, Rozalie Hirs gives the talk “Contemporary compositional techniques and OpenMusic” at the Music Departement of USCD (University of California at San Diego), La Jolla, USA. The next day, November 18, 2010, the workshop of the same title takes place from 17:00 to 19:00.



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