About Studio FLAT


Research in the field of Computer Assisted Composition as well as experiments in Interactive Computer Music are natural complements to traditional concepts in instrumental and vocal music composition. Studio FLAT at the Desautels Faculty of Music has the facilities that make activities in Computer Music possible. We have deep knowledge in the production of computer music as well as profound experience in computer music research.

A creative environment

Production of new music is the most prominent activity at Studio FLAT. We collaborate with professionals and students who have different areas of expertise. The most obvious collaboration is with performers from the Faculty of Music in the creation of compositions for instrument(s) and loudspeakers. Research related collaborations extend outside the university and Canada.

Concerts are natural outcome of the activities in Studio FLAT. Multi-channel loudspeaker systems make each concert a unique acoustic experience. Pieces with and without live performers are performed at concerts with music from Studio FLAT.

Different activities

Research at Studio FLAT focuses on modeling musical structures. The objective of the research is to develop new methods for music composition. The research deepens the understanding for how musical parameters interact and make musical sense (i.e. pitch, rhythm, harmony, metric structures, gestures, etc).

Through the creation of new computer music compositions composers explore how a performer's action and intention can make the computer react in a way that makes musical sense. Sensors and input devices are used to detect performers action. A computer is programmed to respond according to the progression of a musical composition.