Program: IRCAM Workshop


Wednesday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
istage – Matthews Centre 2nd floor, ASU, Tempe Campus
Hosted by the Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State (LOrkAS)

Please register for the workshop in the right column – Signup For IRCAM workshop.
Please also install CataRT prior to the workshop.  Instructions for download and installation can be found on the LOrkAS website or here

LORKAS CataRT Workshop Poster 8.5 X 11

Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM) – presents CataRT realtime corpus-based concatenative synthesis techniques which makes it possible to compose smooth evolutions and soothing combinations of timbres, thereby reflecting on the inner qualities of sounds that are richer than they appear when we just let them float by.

Photo credit: Shun Kambé
Photo credit: Shun Kambé

Diemo Schwarz was born in Germany in 1969. After studying computer science in Stuttgart and being part of the local noise-music scene, he is now based in Paris and poised right in the middle of the golden triangle of artistic creation, creative programming and scientific research.

As an artist, he composes for dance and performance (Sylvie Fleury, Frank Leibovici, Cie. Atmen, Cie. Fanfare Bleme), video (Benoit Gehanne and Marion Delage de Luget), and installation (Christian Delecluse). Schwartz also interprets and performs improvised electronic music with his solo project, Mean Time Between Failure, as a member of the 30-piece ONCEIM improvisers orchestra, and/or in duo with musicians such as Frédéric Blondy, Hans Leeuw, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Victoria Johnson, Etienne Brunet and Fred Marty.

Schwarz’ installations have been shown in places like the Mapping Festival (Geneva), Digital Art Festival (Sofia), Le Cube, Le Centquatre (Paris), and NTU/ADM (Singapore). He has performed in eight European countries, North America, and Asia on his own digital musical instrument based on his CataRT open source software with gestural control, bringing back the immediacy of embodied musical interaction to the rich sound worlds of digital sound processing and synthesis. As a creative programmer, Schwarz collaborates with artists Sylvie Fleury, Cécile Babiole, Franck Leibovici, Christian Delecluse, and Françoise Tartinville on interactive installations involving live sound generation and processing, or motor control.

Schwarz’ scientific research on music interaction at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique­Musique, a world-leading music informatics research and creation institute in Paris) provides the basis of his artistic work, and it’s presented at international conferences and in academic journals and books. Schwartz works on sound analysis and synthesis, gestural control of interaction with music, and bringing advanced and fun musical interaction to the general public via installations like the Dirty Tangible Interfaces (DIRTI) and augmented reality (Topophonie mobile).