On December 15th, Rama Gottfried is going to visit our institute for a one-day presentation/workshop event. In the first part he is going to present aesthetics and approaches for his artistic works as well as the concept of “Situated Instrument Design” – based on a course offered at CNMAT.  In the second part  Rama is going to illustrate these concepts in a hands-on workshop using examples of his piece “Spark” (see below) realised with the “odot” library for OpenSoundControl (OSC) processing. We will also extend and combine these approaches using an array of 88 capacitive touch sensors installed on our Disklavier Grand piano! I am very excited and looking forward to this visit!

This event is the 6th issue of the Distinguished Talks series at the Institute for Music Informatics and Musicology of the Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe.



Composer and media artist Rama Gottfried (b. 1977) is a recent PhD graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where he studied with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Adrian Freed and David Wessel. Previously, he completed composition studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Vermont.

He has had pieces featured at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, MaerzMusik, SPOR, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, MATA, Klangwerkstatt, ICMC, Wet Ink, and Machine Project/Hammer Museum festivals, and sound installations at the Berliner Congress Center, Complice, Mino Washi Paper Museum, Stadtbad-Wedding, and Pacific Basin Building. In 2002 he joined Ensemble Pamplemousse where he collaborated for many years working in electroacoustic music and the merging of sound, installation, and performance arts.

In 2012, Rama was in residence at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/ Musique (IRCAM) working with the Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team on aesthetic applications of Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA). In 2017, he is in residence at IRCAM and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) working on notation and audio/visual performance systems for spatial movement.


Distinguished Talk (14:00 – 15:00)

Performance Symbols, Objects, and Animism

Rama Gottfried’s recent work focuses on magnifying the plethora of details that connect humans with the computers, instruments, plants, insects, amphibians, architecture, and other animate and inanimate entities and spaces that surround us. In this talk, Rama will give an overview to the aesthetics and technical approaches used in his work for ensembles, spaces and human-computer systems, and discuss his current IRCAM/ZKM research project on “Symbolic Representation and Performance for Media Composition”.


Workshop (15:15 – 18:00)

Situated Instrument Design:
an introduction to instrument systems using CNMAT’s odot library

A presentation / workshop introducing the theory and practice of “Situated Instrument Design”, a new course developed at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). Drawing on David Wessel’s long history of real-time computer music research at IRCAM and CNMAT, the course explores a contextual approach to human-computer instrument systems, facilitated by CNMAT’s “odot” library for OpenSoundControl (OSC) processing. In the workshop participants will gain experience creating instruments with odot in MaxMSP and will be introduced to “best practice” design concepts used at CNMAT to produce expressive, flexible, and reliable performance patches.


R. Gottfried setting up for the workshop.
R. Gottfried setting up for the workshop.