Cursus – Practical Training in Composition and Computer Music

IRCAM’s Cursus program offers the possibility to ten young composers eager to get acquainted with computer music, acquire the technical autonomy necessary to execute their musical ideas. The training, both a reflection on theory and learning to use the computer tools, ends with a concert during which short pieces for solo instrument and electronics, composed during the year, are performed by students from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Paris Conservatory).

The Cursus is organized in 8 progressively more difficult modules, including classes on theory and IRCAM software (MaxOpenMusic, Modalys, AudioSculptSpat, etc.), hands-on exercises in the studio, composition and improvisation workshops with electronics, meetings with IRCAM’s research teams and guest composers, and individualized supervision of students by the educational team (Éric Daubresse, Marco Liuni, Jean Lochard, Grégoire Lorieux, Mikhail Malt) and the composer associated with the Cursus, Thierry De Mey. At every step, the students present mini projects that prepare them and lead them, from month to month, to the realization of their final compositions.

A partnership established between the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Paris Conservatory) and the Haute école de musique de Genève enables the students enrolled in these two establishments to validate their first year of their Master’s degree by following the Cursus program at IRCAM, if selected by the reading panel.

Current call for applications for the 2018.19 academic year: from October 9 to 31, 2017

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