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Modelling a gesture: Tak-Sīm for string quartet and live electronics

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Keywords: Cultural values, Technology, Radif, Modelling, Gesture, New Technology, Expressivity, String quartet

Alireza Farhang IRCAM

The OM Composer's Book 3 Paris: Editions Delatour, 2016


This chapter offers a general outline of the processes of gesture-modelling which were devised for, and applied to, Persian music in the composition of Tak-Sīm , written for The Kronos String Quartet. After a brief elucidation of the background to the work’s composition, the various strategies which allowed me to integrate elements from Persian musical culture will be presented in an attempt to illustrate how conflicts between two ontologically opposed musical cultures become a source of enrichment. Using analyses of recordings by master setār player Ahmad Ebādi, I created models of ornamentations, melodic fluctuations, timbral evolution, extended techniques, and other parameters of performance.


This third volume of the OM Composer's book series presents a new collection of essays written by composers describing musical works carried out with the OpenMusic computer-aided composition environment. OpenMusic is a visual programming language dedicated to music composition, designed and developed at IRCAM. It is the result of years of research and compositional experiments, and is now used by numerous contemporary music composers worldwide.

The objective of this book is to provide an overview of the uses and applications of this environment, as well as of computer music systems in a broader sense. Several approaches are described focusing on varied aspects of musical creation and computer-aided composition, ranging from the production rhythmic or harmonic structures to sound processing and synthesis. The book also reveals composers’ thoughts on more general questions such as programming and the role of computer processes in musical creation.

Directed by Jean Bresson, Carlos Agon, Gérard Assayag. Preface by Roger Dannenberg.

Texts by: Julián Ávila, Philippe Boivin, Federico Bonacossa, Jean Bresson, Luiz Castelões, Fabio De Sanctis De Benedictis, Aaron Einbond, Alireza Farhang, Ambrose Field, Gonçalo Gato, Jean-Luc Hervé, Geof Holbrook, Matthew Lane, Serge Lemouton, Eduardo R. Miranda, Alessandro Ratoci, Marlon Schumacher, Matthew Schumaker, Marco Stroppa, Christopher Trapani, Takéshi Tsuchiya, Julien Vincenot, Anders Vinjar et Michele Zaccagnini.

IRCAM-Centre Pompidou / Delatour France Editors.

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