ContinuuCon 2018, the Third International Haken Continuum Conference, is coming up in just a few weeks, and organizers have announced the schedule of daytime presentations and performances, along with the program for the culminating ContinuuConcert on the final evening of the event.
ContinuuCon 2018 takes place April 26–28, 2018, at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), located in the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France. This year will be is the first time the now-annual music conference occurs outside of the United States.
Two full days of presentations and performances are scheduled. Highlights include
- Grammy Award winner Éric Mouquet explaining how he uses the Continuum for recording and performing with Deep Forest
- French composer Jean Baptiste Favory demonstrating musique concrète composition techniques from his latest album
- Canadian composer and software designer Edmund Eagan on performance technique and the inner workings of the Continuum’s sound engine (which he designed)
- University of Illinois professor (and Continuum creator) Lippold Haken on recent advancements in the Continuum’s technology
An opening reception for conference attendees will be held on Thursday night at Gallerie IRCAM, with a dinner on Friday night at the Le Procope, a brasserie dating back to the year 1686.
The full ContinuuCon schedule can be found on the ContinuuCon website.
The two-day conference will culminate in ContinuuConcert, a unique, two-hour musical performance at the evening of April 28th in La Gaîté Lyrique Auditorium. The public is invited to attend, and tickets are available via weezevent.com. A program with an international bent, performers include composers and musicians from France, Portugal, Finland, Canada, and the United States. Artists will perform original works, as well as a suite composed by Paul Hindemith for Trautonium.
Music from the 2017 ContinuuConcert provides the soundtrack for this overview video:
For a look back last year’s ContinuuCon in Asheville, North Carolina, including videos of some of the daytime presentations, check out our article from last summer.
Designed by Dr. Lippold Haken and manufactured by Haken Audio, the Continuum is an electronic musical instrument allowing unprecedented real-time expressivity. With a greater pitch range than a traditional 88-note MIDI keyboard, the Continuum offers continuous multidimensional performance control for every finger. Inside the instrument is the EaganMatrix, a user-programmable, digital modular synthesizer that takes advantage of the Continuum’s subtle and dramatic musical possibilities.