Creativity, Cognition, and Computation: Composer Philippe Leroux

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dc.contributor.author Leroux, Philippe en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-13T17:45:25Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-13T17:45:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/36343
dc.description Presented on November 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the TSRB Auditorium as part of both the School of Interactive Computing's C3: Creativity, Cognition and Computation series and the Center for Music Technology Seminar Series. en_US
dc.description Runtime: 57:06 minutes
dc.description Born on the 24th September 1959 in Boulogne sur Seine (France), composer Philippe Leroux graduated from Paris Conservatoire Supérieur where he studied with Iva Malec, Claude Ballif, Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel. In parallel, he also studied with Olivier Messiaen, Franco Donatoni, Betsy Jolas, Jean-Claude Eloy and Iannis Xenakis. Composer-in-residence at the Villa Medicis (1993-1995), he has written some 40 pieces which encompass several genres: symphonic, electro-acoustic, electronic and chamber music. Leroux has appeared as a regular guest at various festivals in France and abroad: Donaueschingen, Présences de Radio France, Bath, Agora, Roma-Europa, Nuove Synchronie (Milan), Musica, Stockholm ISCM, Barcelona, Musiques en Scènes (Lyon, France), Manca, Bergen, Tempo (Berkeley), BBC Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has also been commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, Radio France Symphonic orchestra, Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, INA-GRM, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Intercontemporain, IRCAM, Ensemble Icare, Festival Musica, BIT 20 and several other French and foreign institutions. In 1994, was awarded the Hervé Dugardin Prize. In 1996, his piece (d’)Aller was nominated “best contemporary composition of the year”. In 2003, he received the SACEM award. Leroux has written numerous articles on contemporary music, and has given lectures and taught composition courses at Bergen Grieg Academy, Columbia University (New York), UC Berkeley (California), Fondation Royaumont, IRCAM, the American Conservatoire in Fontainebleau, the Paris and Lyon Conservatoires Supérieurs, among others. Leroux teaches composition (music electronic) at IRCAM. en_US
dc.description.abstract The composer writes: "Voi(Rex) was composed using poems by Lin Delpierre, taken from a collection entitled Le testament des fruits. The poems have been freely reordered, even mixed at times. The meaning of the text remains mostly understandable and contributes to the overall expression of the piece, but its structure also determines some of its features. The poems also serve as phonetic material and suggest several figuralisms scattered throughout the piece. The very calligraphy of the letters, as a cousin of the melody archetypes that are soundwaves, is used to generate rhythmic/melodic models and spatial trajectories. Finally, some scenographical movements borrow stylistic and punctuation traits from the poems. The piece is in five movements preceded by a short introduction. Each movement is built over one or several unique features. The idea driving the piece is the confrontation between various model types. What could be called 'the model’s model.' First of all, the singer recorded the poems up close to gongs and a tom tom resonating to the sound of her voice. After analysis, this produced the harmonic elements that were used throughout the work. She also recorded an improvised sequence using specific vocal techniques. Recorded sounds were then selected, isolated and worked on using editing techniques only – no treatments were involved. These sounds were then presented to the singer as new models. She now had to imitate herself from a recording that had been stripped out of certain bits of sounds that were recorded the first time. Little by little, this process generated a set of vocal elements that could be used as a model for the instruments and the electronics. A number of technomorphic models were also used, shifting constantly back and forth between voice, instruments and electronics. I would like to thank Frédéric Voisin, without whom this work would not have seen the light of day, Donatienne Michel-Dansac for her great talent and patience, and Gilles Leothaud for his precious advice in writing the vocal part. Voi (Rex) was commissioned by the State and the Ircam-Centre Pompidou, and realized at Ircam with the help of Frédéric Voisin, musical assistant. It is dedicated to François Paris." en_US
dc.format.extent 57:06 minutes
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.subject Music en_US
dc.subject Music composition en_US
dc.subject Mixed compositions en_US
dc.subject Wave forms en_US
dc.subject Sonic exploration of the act of writing en_US
dc.subject Electronic music en_US
dc.subject Sonic exploration of written forms of letters en_US
dc.title Creativity, Cognition, and Computation: Composer Philippe Leroux en_US
dc.title.alternative Voi(Rex) the model of the model en_US
dc.type Lecture en_US
dc.type Video en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Music en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Interactive Computing en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Université de Montréal en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename IRCAM (Research institute : France) en_US


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