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and audio tools, all these trends are defin-
ing the framework of a new technical
music system, explored each year at
Résonances.This continuously changing
horizon involves:
ˇ a renewal of organology and musicology
concepts by reactivating ancestral musical
difficulties related to writing and com-
position techniques, analysis, representa-
tion, listening, instrumental conception,
training, interpretation and even rehearsal;
ˇ and the increased merging of electronic
fabrication with digital instruments
widely used in the artistic field ­ as if
the organological question would finally
have to be extended to the whole of the
trans-artistic field.
T
he instrument was already the central
issue at the first Résonances in
October 2002, which focused on two dif-
ferent topics: `new ways of listening' and
`new instruments'.
R
ésonances 2003, which brought
together 6,000 visitors, built on
brainstorming on new instruments for syn-
thesis and control, and expanded it to
innovative systems for live performance. It
focused on issues such as the positioning of
instruments in space (particularly sound
spatialisation), score following technolo-
gies, motion capture systems for installa-
tions and choreography, real-time
sound/image interaction, as well as new
perspectives related to real-time voice pro-
cessing of actors and singers.The public
discovered the extraordinary variety of
`new instruments' designed for artistic
expression in live performances.
T
he second theme of Résonances 2003
was Tools for Music Analysis.This
major trend emerging from the fantastic
processing power of the digital era is fun-
damentally transforming personal appro-
priation of the musical phenomenon, from
musicians to listeners.These issues were
explored in an international conference on
will benefit from an address like culture.fr,
from all the information that goes with it
and from sites that are already popular.'
M
. Aillagon added that he wished to
put up `a simple Website that is easy
to use for the many people in France who
are not yet expert Net surfers, but are
beginning to explore the wealth at their
fingertips. A site that offers them direct,
rapid access to culture, so that they can see
what's on where they live, find a particular
museum or library, and discover all the rich
and fascinating Internet sites around.'
A
s far as the organisation of the portal
is concerned, he said this Website was
working `like the Web itself, in a flexible,
decentralised way.Today, several hundred
people already contribute and update con-
tent, using material from their own sites or
initiatives.'
T
he portal is based on an open-source
software, Zope
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and CPS (collabora-
tive portal server) developed by Nuxeo
(http://www.nuxeo.org/cps). Parts of the
content of culture.fr are available in
English and Spanish.
RÉSONANCES ­ INTERNATIONAL
CONVENTION ON TECHNOLOGIES
FOR MUSIC
O
LIVIER
L
ESCURIEUX
, I
RCAM
F
or the second year, and with a
renewed affluence of music profession-
als, scientists and visitors, Ircam-Centre
Pompidou
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organised and hosted
Résonances, which has become a major
European event for those involved in the
future of sound and music.
T
he evolution of the music industry
towards concentration and globalisa-
tion, the integration of its manifold func-
tions within the computer, the emergence
of generalised Internet access as well as the
obvious but powerful merging of creation
FRANCE
D
IGI
CULT R
EGIONAL
C
ORRESPONDENT
:
M
URIEL
F
OULONNEAU
NEW CULTURAL PORTAL:
WWW.CULTURE.FR
T
he French minister of culture, Jean-
Jacques Aillagon, recently launched
the new cultural portal http://www.cul-
ture.fr initiated by the French Ministry of
Culture, with the aim of supporting and
strengthening the dynamic aspect of cul-
ture on the Internet.
H
e declared: `When we talk about cul-
ture on the Internet, we too often
think of the illegal downloading of materi-
al. But more importantly, culture on the
Internet means online museums, digitised
works, virtual tours, documentation, infor-
mation for visiting, seeing, listening, read-
ing, making reservations and creating.
[Culture] means all the Websites produced
by institutions (and I am keen for all those
attached to the Ministry to be particularly
active in this area), amateurs, associations
and businesses... I have set a very simple
objective for the culture.fr portal: giving a
new, decisive boost to culture on the
Internet by increasing the number of visi-
tors to high-quality cultural Websites.
`S
o the culture.fr portal does not directly
create new content: it provides sup-
port, visibility and recognition to all the sites
that make up the quality and dynamism of
the culture Web.We cannot list everything,
of course: that's the job of the search
engines, but the culture.fr portal, a more
qualitative affair, aims to present sites, and
give a chance to lesser known sites which
44 Cf. DigiCULT.Info article on Zope, also in this issue.
45 Cf. DigiCULT.Info article on the Ircam Sound Archive, also in this issue.
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