L’Emupo (EN)


Emupo is a software interface developed in Max/MSP for musical improvisation. The reference of the title to a famous literary group comes, in part, from a tongue-in-cheek identification to the description that Raymond Queneau famously gave of himself, “we are rats that build our own labyrinth to escape from”. The principle particularities of this interface are:

– The continual production of sounds. This flux of sound events generated by the computer place the user in a musical attitude at the opposite extreme of that of the musician. The user finds it impossible to make a sound, they must think in terms of modeling musical material. This is carried out by controlling the acoustic and musical parameters such as timbre, pitch, and the temporal organization.

– The collective production of a unique improvised speech. Emupo is controlled by several users. However, it creates only one musical speech. Interactions (a very important concept in improvisation) among ‘Emupotists’ are therefore very different from those found in traditional improvisations. Here, the interaction is not between autonomous musical speeches, but between different parameters of a single speech and therefore of the same sounds.

– The introduction of the accident in the computer’s behavior With the possibility of lowering the predictability of the computer’s choices for the majority of the parameters, users are exposed to impromptu suggestions by the computer that could create an additional group member with whom to interact.

– The creation of a sound bank of instrumental sounds recorded by the musicians. This sound bank can be seen as Emupo’s raw material. We have decided to fill this sound bank with sounds from instruments we play elsewhere with this group. Basically, we perform in concert in the double role of Emupo users and musicians. The proximity of the timbre of the speech produced by Emupo and the instrumental speeches is essential making this second level of interaction apparent.

Concept : Les Émeudroïdes | Programmation : Roméo Monteiro

more info : http://www.emeudroides.com



L’Emupo est la dernière dégénération cyber-naïve des Emeudroïdes.

Interface logicielle développée dans Max/Msp et destinée à l’extension électroacoustique d’une improvisation musicale, elle a été conçue et réalisée dans les ateliers de Sonus (CNSMD de Lyon), au Grame (Centre National de Création Musicale) et dans le repaire de Pierre Scise.

La référence du titre au célèbre groupe littéraire provient en partie d’une identification amusée à cette autodéfinition que l’on prête à Raymond Queneau : “nous sommes des rats qui construisent eux-mêmes le labyrinthe dont ils se proposent de sortir”.

Véritable émulseur de musiques potentielles, l’Emupo peut tout : plate-forme technoïde qui va faire pâlir le dance-floor, réserve naturelle de bande-sons animalières, gisement off-shore de pépites sérielles ou terreau propice à la manifestation de tubes eurovisionnaires.

Conception & Réalisation : Les Émeudroïdes / Programmation : Roméo Monteiro

plus d’infos : http://www.emeudroides.com

EMUPO concert with NY guests (Audio Extract + Photos)


Live improvisation with the EMUPO system and guests at the Computer Music Center of Columbia, New-York (May 18th, 2012).

Performers : Joris Ruhl, Clément Canonne & Roméo Monteiro (EMUPO interactive system), Sean Ali (double bass), Jérémy Bruyère (double bass), Carlo Costa (percussions), Joe Hertenstein (percussions).

Extract of a concert following the workshop given at the Columbia university and many other events organized by the ImproTech Team, dedicated to the exploration of the links between musical improvisation and digital technologies.

more info : http://repmus.ircam.fr/improtechpny