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First edition of the week of musical creation with technologies at ESMUC

Orchestra classroom Esmuc

Five days, five themes

TECSMUC is the week at Esmuc dedicated to musical creation with the incorporation of technological tools and formats. An event linked to the ESMUC’s Master’s Degree in Composition with technology de which also aims to encompass the diversity of approaches to musical creation. where the digital sound, its generation, processing and/or projection play a substantial role, whether or not in combination with the use of acoustic instruments, either as an extension or as a counterpoint to the sonority of the instruments themselves; whether or not in combination with the generation or treatment of visual components; or as a unique, fully autonomous sound source.

TECSMUC also wishes to incorporate presentations and research to explore this area of musical creation, while promoting a critical appreciation of the musical results introduced by these approaches, from the function of musical thought that corresponds to a centre such as ESMUC, defying the role of a mere showcase. That is why each day, dedicated to a different theme, includes, in addition to the concert, exhibitions and round tables where the public can also participate actively, asking questions directly to those responsible for each musical proposal.

  • From 4 to 8 July 2023

  • Sunday to Friday: from 16:00; Saturday: from 11:00

  • Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya

Free entrance

TECSMUC 2023 Programme

4 July – Music and spatialisation

From the 16th century, when Gabrieli distributed the cori spezzati (separate choirs) in the basilica of San Marco, through works where the musicians or the public can move around the space, to the most recent systems of 3D sound diffusion. … the unfolding of musical composition in space fascinates many composers: trajectories, sound plans, localisation, imaginary spaces or the restoration of the acoustics of a specific place, among others.
We will show different examples of compositions with multi-channel systems, with presentations and concerts of electroacoustic and mixed works.

  • 16:00Presentations / round table
    Ariadna Alsina, Gerard Font, Fèlix Pastor, Eduard Resina and Àngel Valverde

  • 17:30Concert with Esmuc’s multichannel system

    Perspectivas by Luis Naón
    Black Sun by Ariadna Alsina
    Synthetic Soundscape by Núria Giménez
    6 synthèses pour support 8 canaux by Yan Maresz
    Dialogue de l’ombre double by Pierre Boulez (Joan Esteve Sayas, Clarinet)

5 July – Master’s Degree in Composition with Technologies

Nowadays, it is possible to access musical creation with technologies, both from a musical training in contemporary experimental music composition, and from more popular musical styles, and even without any performing experience or musical training of any kind. The different backgrounds, knowledge and sound and musical experience of each user are linked to different functions and objectives, based on equally disparate reflections and technical knowledge and musical structure, which often converge in platforms, events and audiences where the technological spectacle dominates over the musical categories, diluting or neutralising their specific characteristics.

How and at what level to approach this diversity of backgrounds, knowledge and interests at a formative level is an increasingly important aspect to consider in musical education where technology has ceased to be a field limited to a few to become a tool available and of daily use to almost everyone.

  • 16:00Round table
    Ariadna Alsina, Oriol Saladrigues, Fèlix Pastor, Eduard Resina

  • 16:45 – Presentation of the project Le Vivier (
    (Christine Curnillon – general director, Jeffrey Stonehouse – artistic director, Charlotte Colin – project manager)List Item

  • 17:30Concert with master’s degree final projects
    Antares Sparks for guitar and MIDI controller, by Ariel Ariel Dickmann (Ariel Dickmann, guitar and MIDI controller)
    AI is a warm gun for electric guitar and electronics, by Roger Palomer (Roger Palomer, electric guitar)
    La Màquina del Caos, by Marc Gonzalez (Marc González, computer)
    Content for violin and tape, by Tomàs Pujol Owens (Tomàs Pujol Owens, violin)
    Doubts for voice and electronics, by Guillaume Sidoine (Guillaume Sidoine, voice)
    Vértigo, by Jose Tomás Novoa

6 July – Music and AI
  • 16:00Project presentations
    Adrià Garcia: AI, music and astronomy. Two pieces for AI and instrument
    Josep Manuel Berenguer: AutoImpro for guitar and 16 computational agents
    Enric Guaus i Fèlix Pastor: nanAI for piano and IA

  • 17:30Concert
    Spectral AI-rmonies of Classic Forms – Adrià Garcia
    piano and electronics (Adrià García, piano)

    Spectral Suite No.1 – Adrià Garcia
    flute and electronics (Helena Bas, flute)

    AutoImpro – Josep Manuel Berenguer
    guitar and 16 computational agents (Josep Manuel Berenguer, guitar)
    nanAI – Enric Guaus and Fèlix Pastor
    IA and piano (Clara Peya, piano)

  • 18:45Round Table
    Adrià Garcia, Helena Bas, Josep Manuel Berenguer, Enric Guaus, Fèlix Pastor, Clara Peya, Lluís Nacenta (moderador)

7 July – Musical interaction with technologies
  • 16:00Presentacions
    What is live coding? (Lina Bautista)
    Mercury: minimalist language that focuses on agile expressiveness for composing, performing and communicating live programmed music, (Timo Hoogland)
    GAIA: Synthesizer of virtual reality worlds. (Pedro González)

  • 17:30Concert
    Exhibit GAIA – Synthesizer of virtual reality worlds. Pedro González (VR), Àlex Tentor (electric guitar), Carles Marigó (piano)
    Improvisation concert – Lina Bautista and Timo Hoogland (Live Coding)

8 July – Instrumental music with electronics
  • 11:00Presentations / round table
    Joan Bagés, Pedro González, performers of Morphosis Ensemble

  • 12:30Concert
    Flexus Project – Joan Marti Frasquier (baritone sax), Marta Cardona (violin), Josep Vila Campabadal (accordion), Alejandro Castillo (clarinets), Anna Tobella (mezzo soprano), Rafa Gálvez (percussion), Joan Bagés (electronic music).

    Homo Porcus – Joan Bagés i Rubí (Catalunya)
    Bass Clarinet, violin, voice and electronic music

    Voices – Lina Järnegard (Sweden)
    Violin and amplification

    Whispers – Albena Petrovic-Vratchanska (Bulgaria / Luxembourg)
    Baritone sax, clarinet, voice and amplification

    Bandes invisibles – Joakim Sandgrem (Sweden / France)
    Vibraphone and electronic music

    …alive because of transformation…  Elo Masing (Estonia)
    Voice, violin, bass clarinet, accordion and electronic music

    Vagina Dentata – Xavier Gelabert (Balearic Islands)
    Bass clarinet, baritone sax, voice, accordion and electronic music

TECSMUC is an initiative of the Department of Creation and Music Theory of the ESMUC