Live Structures with Ocular Scores™ : Graphical Notation and Perceptible Architecture


I offer online and in-person workshops, lectures, and collaborative performances about Live Structures and on my investigation of Graphical Notation and Perceptible Architecture.


Eurocentric musical tradition tells us that music is constructed of pitches, rhythm, and harmony. Musical languages that do not align with or explicitly include these three criteria — for example, cultures and aesthetics that might favor timbres, textures, and/or rhythmic layering — are considered a poorer form of music.

Yet, if we choose to define music as sonic architecture and let go of dogmas inherited from European masters, our musical world opens to a richer, more inclusive musical landscape.

Using a graphical notation and representation created from the interpretation of data from the analysis of sounds and textures, we can recognize an Architecture of Music.


To that end, in 2017, with support from the Canada Council, I embarked on a research project called Live Structures to investigate ways to translate analytical data into musical parameters.
From this research and in collaboration with Joseph Browne, designer at Matralab at Concordia University in Montréal, we have developed Ocular Scores™, a tool that creates a real-time graphical score from the analysis of textures in order to explore the orchestral structure of a composition.



Please download pdf by clicking on the link below
Live Structures Workshops: Graphical Notation, Perceptual Musical Architecture.


Please download pdf by clicking on the link below
Live Structures: Graphical Notation, Perceptual Musical Architecture.


Festival Internacional Muchas Músicas (FIMM), National University of Quilmes, Argentina (postponed to 2021); ISCM World Music Days held in Auckland, New Zealand (postponed to 2021); IRCAM Forum Hors Les Murs, Montréal, Canada (2021); German Society for Music Theory Conference (GMTH), Zurich University for the Arts, Austria (2019); TENOR conference, Melbourne, Australia (2019);Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), UC Berkeley, California (2019);Festival MNM, UQAM, Montréal, Canada (2019);Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada (2019, 2017).
Also: University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, Stanford University, University of the Pacific, California Institute of the Arts, and other academic institutions.