Live Structures: Ocular Scores™ and Perceptible Musical Architecture

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We are super excited to share with you that our resident, Linda Bouchard will be presenting a short talk on Live Structures at the IRCAM Forum Hors Les Murs, taking place in Montreal next April.



Started in 2017 with a research and composition grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Live Structures explores the interpretation of analytical data into musical parameters. Much of the research took place during an artist residency at Matralab, Concordia University, where designer Joseph Browne and composer Linda Bouchard developed Ocular Scores™, a tool to create graphical scores from the analysis of complex sounds and textures. To date three iterations of Ocular Scores™ have been created, addressing the ability to draw a) shapes and images that are replicable b) transcriptions of a musical performance that reveals musical events c) real-time images which can be manipulated in a live performance and interactive setting. The beta version of this graphical notation platform has been developed in close collaborations with expert performers from Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Zurich. The presentation will demonstrate the musical paradigms offered by Ocular Scores™.



Born in Val d’Or, Québec, Linda lived in New York City from 1979 to 1991 where she was active as a composer, orchestrator, conductor, teacher and producer. She was composer-inresidence with the National Arts Center Orchestra (1992-1995) and has been living in San Francisco since 1997. Her works have received awards in the US and Canada, including a Prix Opus Composer of the Year in Quebec, Fromm Music Foundation Award, Princeton Composition Contest, SOCAN Composition awards and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, Camargo Foundation and others. Bouchard’s music is recorded in Germany on ECM, USA on CRI, and in Canada on Marquis Classics. Since 2010, Linda has been creating multimedia works that have been performed to critical acclaim in North America. In 2017, she received a multiyear grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to develop tools to interpret data into musical parameters. More info:

Lancement d’album: Quelques fictions

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Lancement d’album de Gabriel Dharmoo! Le disque et sa version numérique inclus des nouvelles versions de compositions pour voix (Notre meute, Futile Spells et Vaai Irandu) ainsi que des improvisations vocales.Gabriel chantera une version de Vaai Irandu ainsi qu’une improvisation. l’événement s’agit d’un lancement collectif et d’une grande fête de la musique actuelle (infos sur les autres albums en-bas complètement).

DAME: Grande fête de la musique actuelle et contemporaine
Mardi, 3 décembre 2019 — ouverture des portes 20h
La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal
Entrée gratuite
Gabriel Dharmoo’s album launch! The CD and its digital version includes new versions of vocal compositions Notre meute, Futile Spells and Vaai Irandu, as well as vocal improvisations. Gabriel will perform an improv and a version of Vaai Irandu. It is a collective launch and a great party for the “musique actuelle” scene (info about other albums below).

 DAME: Grande fête de la musique actuelle et contemporaine

Tuesday, December 3rd — Doors 8pm 
La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal
Cet album a été soutenu financièrement par le Prix d’enregistrement Harry-Freedman du Centre de musique canadienne. / This album received financial support from the Harry Freedman Recording Award of the Canadian Music Centre.




Une soirée festive avec
7 Nouveautés discographies des étiquettes Ambiances Magnétiques et Collection qb
4 Performances «live» avec le duo Marie-Hélène Breault, Pamela Reimer; un solo de Gabriel Dharmoo; Joane Hétu — Castor et compagnie (quintet); Jean Derome — Somebody Special (quintet).
DAME: Nouveautés au catalogue 2019
Ambiances Magnétiques
Ratchet Orchestra — Coco Swirl
Jean Derome — Somebody Special
Joane Hétu — Castor et compagnie: Si tu le veux
Ensemble SuperMusique — Symon Henry: voir dans le vent qui hurle les étoiles rire, et rire
Gabriel Dharmoo — Quelques fictions
collection qb
Quatuor Bozzini — Ana Sokolovik: Short Stories
Marie-Hélène Breault, Pamela Reimer — Mes Hommages