Maxime Mantovani

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Maxime Mantovani (France, born 1984) is a composer of mixed and electroacoustic music. He holds a Masters degree in composition from the Lyon Conservatory of Music and Dance under the direction of François Roux, as well as an engineering degree in electronics and computer science. These academic trainings combined with his experiences are the bases on which he develops his practice, split between musical composition, creation and computer music.
   The place of instrumental and electronic interpretation is central in his work. He uses particular instrumental gestures and playing modes, synthetic sounds, as well as unusual sound recordings, strongly tied to the nature of materials, allowing him to discover what the ear is not able to perceive naturally. Mechanisms of oppositions and unions between sounds and timbres of different natures are used in order to close the gap between electronics and acoustics worlds. The deepening of his musical writing methods is strongly inspired by technology and computer music. He also places great importance on instrumental writing techniques. Each new composition is an opportunity to have an exchange with the instrumentalists and a deeper understanding of instrumental kinesthesia. The challenge is to find simple, fair and strong forms of sound notation.
   He designs custom electroacoustic instruments, hardware and software. These hardware and software devices allow him to control and develop sonic gestures to retrieve the elasticity and plasticity of analog studio manipulations. As an improviser, he adapts his interfaces especially to be played in dialogue with instrumental musicians. He sees the place of electronics in contemporary music as an instrument in its own right, by developing electronic instrumental gestures, or quite simply a gesture linked to sound.
   In 2018, he obtained a grant from la Société Générale helping him building his interfaces. In 2019 he obtained a grant from the SACEM supporting him during his year in the composition and computer music course at IRCAM. He has also created two music collectives where improvisation holds a central place.
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Instrument and Electronics


Existentia Pour saxophone baryton, disklavier, video temps réel, dispositif électroacoustique et support (2020)
Cènorama Pour ensemble dirigé de 12 instruments, dispositif électroacoustique, support 14 pistes et électronique temps réel (2019)
Aux Âmes Pour vibraphone, support quadriphonique et électronique temps réel (2018)
De fureur en frénésie Pour batterie, support quadriphonique et électronique temps réel (2017)
Stépologie Pour deux basses de viole et électronique temps réel (2017)

Improvised


Improvisation #xxx Pour Flugabone, Percussions, batterie, électroacoustique, électronique temps réel (2019)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


Cènorama Pour ensemble dirigé de 12 instruments, dispositif électroacoustique, support 14 pistes et électronique temps réel (2019)

Acousmatic


Le son et le sens Pour support quadriphonique (2017)
Cadillac Fever pour support quadriphonique (2016)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Fixed Electronic Media


De fureur en frénésie Pour batterie, support quadriphonique et électronique temps réel (2017)
Aux Âmes Pour vibraphone, support quadriphonique et électronique temps réel (2018)
Cadillac Fever pour support quadriphonique (2016)
Cènorama Pour ensemble dirigé de 12 instruments, dispositif électroacoustique, support 14 pistes et électronique temps réel (2019)
De fureur en frénésie Pour batterie, support quadriphonique et électronique temps réel (2017)
Existentia Pour saxophone baryton, disklavier, video temps réel, dispositif électroacoustique et support (2020)
Improvisation #xxx Pour Flugabone, Percussions, batterie, électroacoustique, électronique temps réel (2019)
Le son et le sens Pour support quadriphonique (2017)
Stépologie Pour deux basses de viole et électronique temps réel (2017)