MCM 2011 Program and Related Events

Saturday June 11

Palais de la Découverte, Salle des conférences
General public Maths/Music Conference (by Moreno Andreatta & Carlos Agon, in collaboration with Robin Jamet and Pierre Audin, scientific team of the Palais de la Découverte).

Wednesday June 15

Centre Pompidou (CP)
Welcome and registration of the participants
CP, petite salle
Welcome by Hugues Vinet (Ircam Scientific Director)
Paper Session 1: Word and scales theory I

  • Karst De Jong, Thomas Noll
    Fundamental Passacaglia: Harmonic Functions and the Modes of the Musical Tetractys

  • Norman Carey
    On a Class of Locally Symmetric Sequences: The Right Infinite Word Λ

  • David Clampitt
    Sensitive Interval Property for Scales as Words in the Free Group F2
CP, petite salle
Paper Session 2: Word and scales theory II

  • Marek Żabka
    Introduction to Scale Theory over Words in Two Dimensions

  • Julian Hook
    Spelled Heptachords

  • David Meredith
    Tonal Scales and Minimal Simple Pitch Class Cycles
Ircam, Salle Stravinsky
Meeting of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mathematics and Music
CP, petite salle
Paper Session 3: History, philosophy and epistemology

  • Tito M. Tonietti
    Music Between Hearing and Counting (A Historical Case Chosen Within Continuous Long-lasting Conflicts)

  • Dmitri Tymoczko
    Mazzola’s Model of Fuxian Counterpoint
CP, petite salle
Panel Session "Bridging the Gap: Computational and Mathematical Approaches in Music Research". With the participation of Alain Marsden (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University and editor Journal of New Music Research), Guerino Mazzola (University of Minnesota, USA), Gerard Wiggins (Goldsmiths’ College, University of London). Organizers: Anja Volk (Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University Institute for Logic) and Aline Honingh (Language, and Computation, University of Amsterdam).
Ircam, Espace de Projection (Espro)
Welcome by Frank Madlener (Ircam Director). Pierre Boulez / Alain Connes (a dialogue coordinated by Gérard Assayag, director of the UMR STMS) – Simultaneous translation French/English and Video recording + France Culture Broadcasting.
Ircam, Espace de Projection
"Maths/Music" Concert, ensemble Musikfabrik. Works by Daniele Ghisi (abroad, World Premiere), Karim Haddad (Ce qui dort dans l’ombre sacrée…), György Ligeti (Monument.Selbstportrait. Bewegung), Karlheinz Stockhausen (Kontakte).

Thursday June 16

Centre Pompidou (CP)
Welcome and registration of the participants
CP, petite salle
Paper Session 4: Geometrical, topological and computational models I

  • Andrew J. Milne, Martin Carlé, William A. Sethares, Thomas Noll, Simon Holland
    Scratching the Scale Labyrinth

  • Nicholas Stylianou
    Exploding the Monochord: An Intuitive Spatial Representation of Microtonal Relational Structures
CP, petite salle
Paper Session 5: Geometrical, topological and computational models II

  • Louis Bigo, Jean-Louis Giavitto, Antoine Spicher
    Building Topological Spaces for Musical Objects

  • Agustín Martorell, Emila Gómez
    Two-Dimensional Visual Inspection of Pitch-Space, Many Time-Scales and Tonal Uncertainty Over Time
Ircam, niveau -2
Selected Posters Session 1 (+ Buffet sandwiches)

  • Franck Jedrzejewski
    Plactic Classification of Modes

  • Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas, Michael Epitropakis, Michael Vrahatis
    Feature Extraction Using Pitch Class Profile Information Entropy

  • Tom Hedges, Martin Rohrmeier
    Exploring Rameau and Beyond: A Corpus Study of Root Progression Theories

  • Richard Parncutt, Fabio Kaiser, Craig Sapp
    Historical Development of Tonal Syntax: Counting Pitch-class Sets in 13th-16th Century Polyphony

  • Jocelyn Ho
    From 2D to 3D: Using Geometry and Group Theory to Model Motivic Structure in Musical Composition

  • Fani Kosona, Leontios Hadjileontiadis
    Catastrophe Theory: An Enhanced Structural and Ontological Space in Music Composition

  • Mika Kuuskankare
    Enriched Score Access for Computer Assisted Composition in PWGL
Ircam, Salle Stravinsky and Studio 5
Around A Geometry of Music. An open discussion on the foundation of American and European Maths/Music-theoretical Traditions. With the participation of Dmitri Tymoczko (Princeton University). Session chairs: Emmanuel Amiot (mathematician, Perpignan, France) and Julian Hook (music theorist, Indiana University, USA).
Ircam, salles Shannon, Stravinsky + studio 5
Parallel Workshops:

  • Reinforcement Learning and Computational Methods in Music Cognition, by Nori Jacoby (Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation, Hebrew University of Jerusalem / Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University)
  • Maximal Even Sets, by Jack Douthett (Central New Mexico Community College), Richard Plotkin (State University of New York at Buffalo), Richard Krantz (Metropolitan State College of Denver), and Peter Steinbach (Central New Mexico Community College)
  • From Circle to Hyperspheres, when the Tonnetze go 4D, by Gilles Baroin (University of Toulouse)
CP, grande salle
Alain Badiou (philosopher): Mathématique et esthétique (simultaneous translation in English).
CP, grande salle
Concert: Webern/Nunes. Ensemble Remix. Works by Emmanuel Nunes (Einspielung 1; Wandlungen), Anton Webern (Concerto, op. 24; Symphonie, op. 21) and Bruno Maderna (Juilliard Serenade).

Friday June 17

Welcome and registration of the participants.
Ircam, Espace de Projection (Espro)
Paper Session 6: Set Theory and Transformational Theory

  • Robert Peck
    Nth Roots of Pitch-Class Inversion

  • José Oliveira Martins
    Interval Cycles, Affinity Spaces and Transpositional Networks

  • Thomas M. Fiore, Thomas Noll
    Commuting Groups and the Topos of Triads

  • Richard Plotkin
    Cardinality Transformations in Diatonic Space
Ircam, Espace de Projection
Paper Session 7: Computational analysis and cognitive musicology I

  • Edward Large
    Musical Tonality, Neural Resonance and Hebbian Learning

  • Ian Quinn, Panayotis Mavromatis
    Voice-Leading Prototypes and Harmonic Function in Two Chorale Corpora
Ircam, niveau -2
Selected Posters Session 2 (+ Buffet sandwiches)

  • Aline Honingh, Rens Bod
    Clustering and Classification of Music by Interval Categories

  • Mathieu Bergeron, Darrell Conklin
    Subsumption of Vertical Viewpoint Patterns

  • Gilles Baroin
    The Planet-4D Model: An Original Hypersymmetric Music Space Based on Graph Theory

  • Keiji Hirata, Satoshi Tojo, Masatoshi Hamanaka
    Melodic Morphing Algorithm in Formalism

  • Chantal Buteau, Christina Anagnostopoulou
    Motivic Topologies: Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Music Analysis

  • Atte Tenkanen
    Surveying Musical Form through Melodic-Motivic Similarities
Ircam, Espace de Projection
Paper session 8: Computational analysis and cognitive musicology II

  • Benny Sluchin, Mikhail Malt
    Open Form and Two Combinatorial Musical Models: The Cases of Domaines and Duel

  • Alexandre Popoff
    Indeterminate Music and Probability Spaces: the Case of John Cage's Number Pieces
Ircam, Espace de Projection
Paper Session 9: Improvisation and gestures theory

  • Clément Canonne, Nicolas Garnier
    A Model for Collective Free Improvisation

  • Isaac Schankler, Jordan B.L. Smith, Alexandre R.J. François, Elaine Chew
    Emergent Formal Structures of Factor Oracle-Driven Musical Improvisations

  • Guerino Mazzola, Florian Thalmann
    Musical Composition and Gestural Diagrams
Ircam, Espace de Projection
Stephen Wolfram (Videoconference from Boston, USA): "Music from the Computational Universe".
Session chair: Thomas Noll (ESMuC / TU-Berlin, co-editor en chief of the Journal of Mathematics and Music).
Cité de la Musique
Concert "Cantates". Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart / Ensemble intercontemporain. Works by Johannes Maria Staud (Par ici! World premiere), Ivan Fedele (Animus anima), Bruno Mantovani (Cantate n°1).

Saturday June 18 (Mathematics and Art at the Palais de la Découverte)

Free entrance after booking and checking in at the MCM 2011 registration desk.
Booking required: see contact section.

Palais de la Découverte
Palais de la Découverte, Salle des conférences
Round Table around the creativity in Mathematics and Arts. With the participation of Jean-Marc Lévy Leblond (physicist and essayist), Claude Bruter (mathematician and president of the ESMA), Yves Hellegouarch (mathematician), Jean-Paul Allouche (mathematician), Jean-Claude Risset (physicist and composer), Tom Johnson (composer), Jacques Mandelbrojt (painter and physicist)
Palais de la Découverte
Guided Tour of the "Maths/Art" Exhibition and interactive platforms on computer-aided models in music analysis and composition. With the participation of Thomas Noll (ESMuC / TU-Berlin), Martin Carlé (Humboldt University of Berlin), Gilles Baroin (University of Toulouse), Jérémie Garcia (Ircam / In Situ – University of Paris XI), Pierre Beauguitte (Ircam / UPMC) and Benjamin Lévy (Ircam / UPMC. To be confirmed).


1, place I. Stravinsky, 75004 Paris
Metro Hotel de Ville / Rambuteau / Les Halles / Chatelet
(+33) 1 44 78 48 16
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Centre G. Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Metro Hotel de Ville / Rambuteau / Les Halles / Chatelet
(+33) 1 44 78 12 33

Palais de la Découverte
Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris
Metro Champs-Elysées Clémenceau / Franklin Roosevelt
(+33) 1 56 43 20 20

Cité de la Musique
221, avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Metro Porte de Pantin
(+33) 1 44 84 45 00

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