Alain Bonardi

In residence at UCI, November 7-9, 2022

The UCI Music Department presents a set of computer music events featuring visiting composer and scholar Alain Bonardi of the Université Paris 8.

All the events are free and are open to everyone.


Alain Bonardi



1) Monday November 7, 1:00-3:50 pm
Arts Instruction Technology Resource Center, Room 190
Programming Workshop: Introduction to Faust

2) Tuesday November 8, 3:00-5:50 pm
Arts Instruction Technology Resource Center, Room 190
Programming Workshop: Ambisonics and Multichannel Audio

3) Wednesday November 9, 3:30-4:45 pm
Music and Media Building, Room 218
Lecture/Demo: Spatial Processing and Synthesis of Sound

4) Wednesday November 9, 5:00 pm
Music and Media Building, Room 218
Concert: Alain Bonardi — Electroacoustic Music



1) Faust is a functional programming language for sound synthesis and audio processing with a strong focus on the design of synthesizers and audio effects. Code generated by Faust can be easily compiled into audio plug-ins, standalone applications, or smartphone and web apps. Professor Bonardi will provide a hands-on introduction to Faust, intended for musicians, sound designers, and computer programmers. He will assume only that participants have some basic background in programming and an interest in audio. Examples will use Faust's online compiler, so participants only need to bring a computer (or can simply observe). [Zoom info below.]  [software]

2) In this hands-on programming workshop, Professor Bonardi will demonstrate techniques of audio spatialization, focusing on Ambisonics and the abclib code library developed at the Universit√© Paris 8. It is intended for anyone with an interest in, and basic knowledge of, programming and sound spatialization. Examples will primarily use the Max and/or Pd programming environments, so participants may want to bring a computer that has one of those installed (or can simply observe). [Zoom info below.]  [software]

3) In this pre-concert lecture, Alain Bonardi will provide insight regarding his use of surround sound spatialization both as a musical parameter and as an immanent characteristic of synthesized sounds. He will demonstrate musical examples from the upcoming concert, with the participation of UCI faculty guitarist Alexander Dunn.

4) The Gassmann Electronic Music Series presents Alain Bonardi — Electroacoustic Music, a concert of music for instruments and computers by French composer Alain Bonardi, featuring guitarist Alexander Dunn and violinist Lisa Yoshida, with an 8-channel surround speaker system. [Program]


[*The two programming workshops will be livestreamed via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. However, the workshops are intended to be in-person events, with primary attention given to the local participants; Zoom participants are welcome as auditors.]
Faust Workshop:
Ambisonics Workshop:



Alain Bonardi is a composer and researcher in the field of electroacoustic music, notably in the spatial synthesis of sound. He is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Music Creation at the Music Department of the Paris 8 University, and a member of the CICM (Centre de recherches Informatique et Création Musicale, MUSIDANSE laboratory). He also is Associate researcher at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, in the Musical Practices Analysis (APM) team. Alongside engineering studies at Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris, he carried out music composition studies with Emmanuel Nunes, Michel Philippot, and Hacène Larbi, and was prizewinner in the Oslo composition competition in 1996. He also graduated from the Schola Cantorum and the Romainville Conservatory.

This residency of French composer Alain Bonardi is made possible through the Jazz & New Music program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

The Gassmann Electronic Music Series provides an annual season of concerts and lectures focusing on music and computers, produced by Professor Michael Dessen.


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