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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)


2017/09/28

Creative Writing Workshop

On 28 September 2017 from 14:30-16:30 CET Rozalie Hirs teaches a Creative writing workshop for students of the Montessori Lyceum, Groningen, The Netherlands. The goal of the workshop is to create texts for fifteen sound walks through the city of Groningen. The sound workshop, employing Ableton Live and Push, is led by Ingmar de Vos, alumnus of both the Montessori Lyceum and the Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen. The workshop was initiated by Sounds of Music Festival, Groningen, in collaboration with Els Bruining, music teacher of the Montessori Lyceum.


2016/09/10

Performance at the Planetarium of Brussels, Belgium

On 9 September 2016 Rozalie Hirs, Heike Fiedler, and Laurence Vielle perform at the Heyzel Planetarium, Brussels, during the Underground Poetry Festival 2016

On Saturday 10 September 2016 at 18:00 CET Rozalie Hirs performs poetry and music hybrids at Alberteum, the Planetarium of Brussels, Belgium. Also Heike Fiedler and Laurence Vielle will be performing their works. After the intermission Angela Rawlings, Maja Jantar, and Vincent Tholomé present the world premiere of a new collaborative project.

All performances are part of the Third Annual Brussels Poetry Fest, Belgium, 9 through 11 September 2016. Heike Fiedler, Laurence Vielle, and Rozalie Hirs are guest poets during the international events, consisting of performances and workshops in collaboration with the UZB hospital and BELvue Museum, Brussels. The full programme booklet can be downloaded here: [PDF]

The Heysel Exhibition Park was especially designed for the Brussels International Exposition (1935) and Expo (1958). The Atomium (1958) and the Planetarium (1935) are well known monuments in Heysel Park.

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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.


2014/07/19

Students’ work Kunstwelten 2014

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Herewith I have the pleasure to present some of the students’ works that came about during Creative Writing workshops at Kunstwelten, Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The workshops took place from 25 until 28 June 2014 at the Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Berlin, and from 30 June until 3 July 2014 at the Produktionsschule, Wolgast, Ostvorpommern, Germany.

The students of the Theodor-Heuss-Schule are high school students in their early teens (thirteen and fourteen years old), who have had language and literature lessons on a regular basis, but little to no exposure to creative writing. In September Ralph Etter, Sophie Narr, and Matthias Luthardt will do a follow-up workshop with the same group, making documentary films as well short feature films, loosely based on a selection of the texts that have just come about. Looking forward to seeing the results!

The students of the Produktionsschule are young adults (between about eighteen and twenty-four years of age), who have only had occasional literature and language lessons, though a few had experience in writing songs and lyrics.

In the creative writing workshops, the goal was to first open up the creativity flow of all participants, and to then look together at the poems that came about, and see how these could be improved and/or polished into a definite form. The students were open, worked hard, made a mess, laughed, googled, ran around, concentrated, and produced poems that caught them by surprise in the end. It was a pleasure to work with them.
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2014/06/30

Workshops Creative Writing 2, Kunstwelten, Akademie der Künste

Kunstwelten, AdK, Berlin: Anderer Umgang mit Sprache (Lyrik Schreibwerkstatt mit Rozalie Hirs)

From 30 June until 4 July 2014 at 10:00-15:00 Rozalie Hirs teaches a series of Creative Writing workshops to students of the Produktionsschule Wolgast, Ostvorpommern, Germany. This series is part of the educational project Kunstwelten, organized and curated by Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
For more information, read the review about an earlier workshop by Rozalie Hirs at Kunstwelten.


2014/06/25

Workshops Creative Writing 1, Kunstwelten, Akademie der Künste

Kunstwelten, AdK, Berlin: Anderer Umgang mit Sprache (Lyrik Schreibwerkstatt mit Rozalie Hirs)

From 25 until 28 June 2014 at 8:00-15:00 Rozalie Hirs teaches a series of Creative Writing workshops to students at the Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Stephanstraße 2, Berlin, Germany. This series is part of the educational project Kunstwelten, organized and curated by Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
For more information, read the review about an earlier workshop by Rozalie Hirs at Kunstwelten.


2013/06/07

Workshop Creative Writing, Poetry on the Road, Bremen

Poetry on the Road: Literatur workshop - Rozalie Hirs, June 7, 2013 On June 7, 2013, from 10:00 to 14:00, Rozalie Hirs is giving a workshop Creative Writing to students of the Bremer Gymnasium, Bremen as part of the Poetry on the Road festival. Introduction by Stephanie Schaefers, Workshop Literatur. You can find a report of the workshop here, or follow this link to read a selection of poems that were created as part of the workshop.


2013/01/30

Workshop Creative Writing, Berlin, Germany

130130 artez logoON 30 Januari 2013 from 10:30-14:00 Rozalie Hirs teaches a workshop Creative Writing to students of the Department of Creative writing, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem, The Netherlands. The workshop takes place at the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin, Germany.


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)


2011/09/04

Chairman of the jury for the Gaudeamus Prize

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During the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2011, which is being held from September 4 through 11, Rozalie Hirs is acting as chairman of the jury for the Gaudeamus Prize. Apart from Hirs, the jury consists of Tadeusz Wielecki (Poland) and Miguel Azguime (Portugal). During the week, the jury is leading workshop sessions for the composers participating in the festival.


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.


2010/10/29

Workshop Creative Writing, Academie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam

Students' work, Erasure poetry (inspired by 'A Humument' by Tom Philips), Creative writing course (week 6), Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam, October-December 2010

Starting October 29 and ending December 10, 2010, Rozalie Hirs gives a series of Creative Writing workshops for Master students at the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam, taking place every Friday from 13:30 to 16:30.


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.


2010/02/05

Workshop Creative Writing, Academie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam

Students' work, Erasure poetry (inspired by 'A Humument' by Tom Philips), Creative writing course (week 6), Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam, October-December 2010

From February 5 to March 26, 2010, Rozalie Hirs gives a series of workshops Creative Writing for Master students of the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, taking place each friday between 13:30 and 16:30.


2009/12/16

Kunstwelten, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

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On December 16, 2009, at 19:00, Rozalie Hirs, alongside Klaus Hurrelman, Ulrich Matthes and Klaus Staeck participates in the 31. Akademiegespräch (“31st academic talks”) at the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany. Chaired by Claudia Henne, the guests discuss KUNSTWELTEN, the cultural education program of the Akademie der Künste. Additionally, some projects are presented that have been created during Kunstwelten.


2009/11/09

Workshop Creative Writing, Kunstwelten, Akademie der Künste

Kunstwelten, AdK, Berlin: Anderer Umgang mit Sprache (Lyrik Schreibwerkstatt mit Rozalie Hirs)

From November 9 to November 13, 2009, between 10:00 and 15:00, Rozalie Hirs gives a series of Creative Writing workshops to students of the Produktionsschule Wolgast, Ostvorpommern, Germany. Alongside Hirs, Jens Kuhle gives a related workshop on Installation art. The educational program is part of Kunstwelten, organized by the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
For more information, see this review on an earlier installment of Kunstwelten.


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.


2008/06/02

Workshop Creative Writing, Bitterfeld-Wolfen

Tom Philips: A Humument, p.1 (example of Erasure poetry)

At the invitation of Kunstwelten at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany, from June 2 to June 5, 2008, Rozalie Hirs gives a workshop Creative Writing to students of the Eurogymnasion Bitterfeld, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany.

The illustration shows an example of ‘Erasure poetry’: the first page of the famous book, A Humument, by Tom Philips. ‘Erasure poetry’ is one of the techniques that are featured during the workshop. The workshops are held in German.


2007/09/17

Workshop Creative Writing, Kunstwelten

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From September 17 to September 21, 2007, between 11:00 and 15:00, Rozalie Hirs gives a Creative Writing workshop at the Kulturhaus Wolfen, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany. This is part of the art education program, Kunstwelten, of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany.



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