TENOR 2018: Workshop II Daniele Ghisi – An Introduction to the bach family

Salle De Réunion, SB-4245 UQAM Montreal

May 25, 2018

9:00 AM -12:00 PM

This workshop is limited to 12 people. Please apply at matralab@concordia.ca

$20 registration fee for the workshop – http://matralab.hexagram.ca/tenor2018/register

The workshop will introduce you to the world of “bach”, a Max library for real-time computer-aided composition, and of its related libraries “cage” and “dada”.

You will learn how to take advantage of bach to create and modify musical scores, and how to use them as timelines to control sound synthesis or other DSP processes. Scores can be used as symbolic buffers, to be recorded and played back. Traditional computer-aided composition processes will be presented, along with hints to more advanced capabilities (microtonality, constraint solving, quantization, meta-scores, database handling…). You will learn how to import/export data in MIDI and MusicXML format, and how to import SDIF analysis files. You will also learn the basics of how to handle bach nested lists, the hierarchical structures containing information about notation items and scores.

If you are interested, don’t forget to bring your own laptop with a version of Max and bach installed. The bach library is free and can be downloaded from its website www.bachproject net, where you can also get more information.


Born in Italy in 1984, Daniele Ghisi studied Composition with Stefano Gervasoni and Mathematics at the University of Milano Bicocca. He has taken part to several seminars and master-classes (IEMA Seminar in Frankfurt with the Ensemble Modern, Voix Nouvelles and Transforme in Royaumont), he has won several competitions and prizes (most recently the “F. Donatoni” prize and the “Coupleux-Lassalle” prize) and he has received several commissions (most notably from: French Ministry of Culture, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ircam, Royaumont, Grame, Radio France, Divertimento Ensemble, Milano Musica, Vortex Ensemble, Festival PlayIt!)
In 2009/2010 he is composer in residence at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, in 2011/2012 he is composer in residence in Spain, member of the Académie de France à Madrid – Casa de Velázquez. In 2012 he is research composer at Ircam. In 2015 he is composer in residence with the Divertimento Ensemble in Milan. He is co-founder of the blog www.nuthing.eu, where he writes. He is the co-creator of the project “bach: automated composer’s helper”, a real-time computer-assisted composition library. In 2013-2014 he is research assistant at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva.
His music is performed by ensemble such as Divertimento Ensemble, L’Itinéraire, Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, and soloists such as S. Accardo, E. Calleo, F. Dillon, E. Torquati, in festivals such as Archipel, Manifeste, Biennale di Venezia, Rondò, MiTo, Agora, Saison musicale de Royaumont… In 2008/2009 and 2010/2011 he follows the Cursus en Composition et Informatique Musicale at the Ircam (Paris). His first chamber opera, La notte poco prima della foresta, has been premiered in September 2009. With the cycle of Lieder abroad he starts in 2011 his collaboration with Casa Ricordi.