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Todor TODOROFF (Updated 2015)

Todor Todoroff is an Electrical Engineer with a specialisation in telecommunications (1987). He received a First Prize in Electroacoustic Composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels (1993) as well as a higher diploma in Electroacoustic Composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Mons (1996).

After having been researcher in the field of speech processing at the Free University of Brussels, he was during 5 years head of the Computer Music Research at the Polytechnic Faculty in Mons (Belgium) where he developed real-time software tools for processing and spatialisation of sounds aimed at electroacoustic music composers in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Mons. He collaborated on several occasions with IRCAM where his computer tools were used by composers like Emmanuel Nunes, Luca Francesconi and Joshua Fineberg. His programs where used in Mons by composers like Leo Kupper and Robert Normandeau.

He continued his research within ARTeM where he developed several interactive systems for concerts, sound installations and dance performances, using a wide variety of sensors.

From 2008 to 2013 he came back as a researcher at the Polytechnic Faculty in Mons on the Numediart Project. He is also teacher in the Digital Art section at the Academy of Arts Arts2 in Mons.

He is co-founder and president of FeBeME (Belgian Federation of Electroacoustic Music) and ARTeM (Art, Research, Technology & Music), and founding member and administrator of the Forum des Compositeurs. He was member of the Bureau of ICEM, Belgian representative of the European COST actions "Digital Audio Effects" (DAFX, 1997-2001) and "Gesture Controlled Audio Systems" (CONGAS, 2003-2007).

He worked on the Quartet project led by Margie Medlin for which he developed sensors and sound analysis and transformation tools for violinist Stevie Wishart. Funded partly by a SCIART grant from the Wellcome Trust (UK), it instigated a collaboration with Dr. Ian M. Winter from the physiological Laboratory from Cambridge University in order to apply models of auditory perception to live sound analysis and to virtual instruments.

His electroacoustic music shows a special interest for multiphony and sound spatialisation as well as for research into new forms of sound transformation.

Besides pure acousmatic music, he is developing and extending software tools for live sound generation and transformation for live concerts using custom-made wearable sensors. First used in the framework of improvisation with musicians like Jean-Paul Dessy, Eric Sleichim or Stevie Wishart,those tools were used in 2007 for solo concerts, in Reykjavik in Iceland and, combined with new spatialisation algorithms, in Karslruhe, Budapest and Munich as part of a commission from ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Germany.

The latest developments were used for a Joystick Orchestra of 12 musicians performing joysticks, gamepads and sensors in the Ars Musica Festival in March 2011 and for the audiovisual performance eVanescens, premiered at JIM2012, with video by Laura Colmenares Guerra and cellist Sigrid Vandenbogaerde.

Fascinated by the dialogue between electroacoustic music and other art forms, he also composes music for film, video, dance, theatre and sound installation.

His collaboration with the Belgian choreographer Michèle Noiret started in 1998 on the show <En Jeu >. Since then he composed music and developed interactive systems for In Between (2000), Twelve Seasons (2001), Mes Jours et mes Nuits (2002), Sait-on Jamais? (2003), Territoires Intimes (2004), Les familiers du Labyrinthe (2005, Paris Opera) and Chambre Blanche (2006) and De deux points de vue, (Luxemburg 2007,European Culture Town), Demain (2009), Minutes Opportunes (2010), Hors-Champ (2013) and Radioscopies (2015).

He participated at the development of interactive installations at F0AM in Brussels: the audiovisual installation txOom (2002, Great Yarmouth, UK) and the haptic installation Lyt_A (touch at a distance, for Pheano, the Sience Museum in Wolfsburg, DE, 2005). He collaborated with Marie-Jo Lafontaine on the video Des Ombres (1994) and on the sound installations Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen (1996) and The world starts every minute (2007). He also collaborated with Fred Vaillant for Eclats Fluides (2007) and Laura Colmenares Guerra for Lungs [The Breather] (2008), Mario Benjamin (2011), and Christian Graupner for PendulA (2014).

Prize of the Audience at the International Noroit Competition (France, 91), finalist at the International Luigi Russolo Competition (Italy, 1992 ), the I. Concorso Internacional de Musica Eletroacustica de Sao Paulo (Brazil, 1995) and Musica Nova (Czekia, 2000). Mentions (2002, 2005 and 2009) and First Prize (2007) at the International Bourges Competitions.

Amongst others, he received commissions from the Opéra de Paris (F), Institut de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (F), Art Zoyd (F), Musiques Nouvelles (B), Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Angers (F), Festivaal van Vlaanderen (B) and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (DE).

His music has been played on the radio in several countries and has been programmed in many festivals: Bunker 91 (Antwerp, B), Cycle Acousmatique 92 (Brussels, B), Euracousma 93 (Montreal, CA), Ars Musica 93, 94, 2000 and 2002 (Brussels, B), Synthèse 94, 97, 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 (Bourges, F), Futura 94, 95 and 96 (Crest, F), Muziek in de Stad 95 (Antwerp, B), JIM 95 (Paris, F), CIMESP 95 (Sao Paulo, Brazil), ICMC 95 (Banff, CA), ISEA 95 (Montreal, CA), AVE 95 (Arnhem, NL), JIM 96 (Tatihou, F), Echange Belgique/Québec 96 (Montreal, CA and Brussels, B), ICMC 96 (Hong Kong), ISEA 96 (Rotterdam, NL), FEM 96 (Bratislava, Slovakia), Discoveries 97 (Aberdeen, UK), ISEA 97 (Chicago, USA), V Jornadas de Informatica y Electronica Musical 98 (Madrid, E), ElektroKomplex 98 (Vienna, Au), Fifth, sixth and seventh International Acousmatic Festival 98, 99 and 2000 (Brussels, B), Contemporary Belgian Dance Festival 99 (Cairo, Egypt), Electroacoustic Academy Now! 99 (Glasgow, UK), Imaginary Space 99 (Wellington, Australia), ICMC99 (Beijing, China), ICMC 2000 (Berlin, D), ISEA 2000 (Paris, F), Festival Terza Prattica 2000 (Amsterdam, NL), Elektra 2000 (Montreal, CA), EuCuE 2000 (Montreal, CA), Dialogen 2001 (Gand, B), Electroacoustic summer 2001 (Gand, B), AUDIOVISION 2001 (Denton, Texas, USA), CIRCUS 2001 (Glasgow, UK), Espaces Sonores 2002 (Paris, F), Inventionen 2002 (Berlin, D), Electroacoustic Autumn 2002 (Sofia, BG), KunstenFESTIVALdesarts 2001 et 2003 (Brussels, B), 3 Ciclo Internacional Musica Electroacoustica 2003 (Santiago, Chile), Bozart Musique 2003 (Brussels, B), Transelectroacoustique du GMEM 2004 (Marseilles, F), Festival Homo Futuris 2006 Vooruit (Ghent, B) , La Bâtie 2008 (Annemasse, F), OdeGand 2008 (Ghent, B), PING! 2008 (Andratx, Spain), LOOP1 (2008, Brussels, B), Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Carthage (2008, Tunisia) ICMC 2009 (Montréal, Canada), Dance Triennale Tokyo (2009, Japan), Crea Numerica (2009, Beyrouth, Liban), City Sonics 2010 (Mons, B), Synoptic 2010 (Pécs, Hungary), Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF 2010, Korea),LOOP3 (2010, Brussels, B), Ars Musica 2011 (Mons, B), ICMC 2011 (Huddersfield, UK), JIM 2012 (Mons, B), LOOP5 (2012, Brussels, B), Ars Musica 2013 (Brussels, B), Semaine du son (2014, Brussels, B), BIAN 2014 (Montreal, CA), EMS15 Mutek/Elektra (2014, Montreal, CA), NIME 2014 (London, UK), Nuit Blanche 2014 (Brussels, B), ISCM World Music Days 2014 (Wroclav, P), Ars Musica 2014 (Brussels, B), VIA 2015 (MONS2015, B), IWF (2015, Beijing, China), APEM (2015, Lisbon, P), Musicacoustica 2015 (Beijing, China), Cross-Strait Modern Technological Music Festival 2015 (Xiamen, China), LOOP 8 (2015, Brussels, B), …
 

 

Acousmatic music:

- Obsession (1991) 11'10
- Déséquilibres (1992) 8'46
- Rêveries (1993 - 1994) 7'20
- Rupture d'équilibre (1993-1997) 10'17
- Voices Part I(1997) 5'11
- Voices Part II - Distant Voices (1999) 11'43 Commissioned by IMEB (F)

- Solo Feu (2001) 4'36
- Corps Sonores (2003) 3’30 Commissioned by the town of Mons (B)
- Matières(2003) 9’49 Commissioned by the Centre Culturel du Brabant Wallon (B)
- Studio 4 (2004) 5’ Commissioned by Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles (B)
-1001 Nacht (2008) 15’ Commissioned by the OdeGand Festival (B)
- Dédales (2008) 16’08 with the help of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Direction générale de la Culture, Service de la Musique.
- Subternus (2009) 13’
- A mon cousin de Bergame (2014) 2’45 Commissioned by Ars Musica, with the help of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Direction générale de la Culture, Service de la Musique

 

Life electroacoustic music:

- Around and above, weightless… (2007) approximatively 35’ Commissioned by the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, D)
- Métaboles(2011) for joystick & gamepads orchestra and sensors, about 20’ Commissioned by Musiques & Recherches

 

Mixte music:

 

- Réminiscences (2003) 17', for 9 string instruments, theremin, MIDI keyboard, MIDI percussion and 3 computers for real-time transformation and spatialisation of sound. Commissioned by Musiques Nouvelles and Art Zoyd

- Dances with viola (2008-2010), between improvisation and composition, with viola player Dominica Eyckmans, sensor system and computer transformations . With the support of Musiques Nouvelles and Transcultures

- eVanescens (2012), with videoartist Laura Colmenares Guerra and celist Sigrid Vandenbogaerde, sensor system with live musical and video interactions. With the support of Cellule des Arts Numériques from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, ARTeM, UMONS/Numediart, Le Manège.Mons - TRANSDIGITAL, Le Manège.Maubeuge - Scène Nationale, La Gare Numérique.
- PendulA-Anima (2014) for Cello and live electronics. Commissioned by the Ars Musica Festival, with the help of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Direction générale de la Culture, Service de la Musique.

 

Music for movies:

- Retour à la raison (1995) 2'48, for the silent dadaist movie "Back to reason" by Man Ray, France, 1923. With the help of the "Communauté Française de Belgique - Direction générale de la Culture".
- Reflets / Vitesse (1995) 7'57, for the silent experimental movie "Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse" by Henry Chomette, France, 1925. With the help of the "Communauté Française de Belgique - Direction générale de la Culture".
- Nakba (2009) 45’ a movie by Max Francos.


Music for contemporary dance:
- Lieber R., a choreography by Avi Kaiser, Tel-Aviv (Israel), January 1997 (short version), Bonn (D), August 1997 (long version) and Brussels (B), November 1997. With the help of the "Communauté Française de Belgique - Direction générale de la Culture".
- ‹ En Jeu ›, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time interactions. Premiered in Brussels (B) in May 1998, on tour 1998 - 2000 in Freiburg (D), Hanovre (D), Strasbourg (F), Hasselt (B), Lausanne, Zurich (CH), Dilbeek (B), Brussels (B), Cairo (Egypt)... With the help of the "Communauté Française de Belgique - Direction générale de la Culture".
- In Between, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time MAX/MSP interactions. Premiered in Brussels (B) in March 2000, on tour 2000-2003 in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem (Israel), Lausanne (CH), Aix-en-Provence (F), Brussels (B), Leuven (B), Maubeuge (F), Créteil (F), Choissy le Roy (F), Aarhus (DK), Sartrouville (F), Seville (E), Grenade (E), Roesselaer (B), Geneva (CH), Strasbourg (F), Angoulème (F), Namur (B), Nivelles (B), Maastricht (NL), Elancourt (F)... With the help of the "Communauté Française de Belgique - Direction générale de la Culture".
- 12 Seasons, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time MAX/MSP interactions. Premiered in Brussels (B) in May 2001, on tour 2001-2002 in Paris (F), Aix-en-Provence (F), Marne-la-Vallée (F), Douai (F), Dusseldorf (D), Lyon (F), Bruxelles (B), Metz (F), Amiens (F),...
-Prospective I, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time MAX/MSP interactions. Work in Progress in Marne-la-vallée (F) in February 2002.
- Mes jours et mes nuits, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with music and real-time MAX/MSP interactions. Premiered in Brussels in April 2002, on tour 2002-2003 in Bourges (F), Brussels (B), Angoulème (F), Glasgow (UK), Dilbeek (B), Paris (F),...
- Prospective III, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time MAX/MSP interactions. Work in Progress in Marne-la-vallée (F) in February 2003 and in Angoulème (F) in April 2003.
- Sait-on jamais ?, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time MAX/MSP interactions. Premiered in Brussels in May 2003, on tour in Marne-la-Vallée (F), Nancy (F), Nantes (F), Strasbourg (F), Seoul (Korea).
- Territoires Intimes, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time MAX/MSP interactions. Premiered in Maubeuge (F) in March 2004, on tour in Armantière (F), Brussels (B), Marseilles (F), Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (F), Aix-enProvence (F), Créteil (F), Bourges (F), Cavaillon (F), Glasgow (UK).
- Les Familiers du labyrinthe, a choreography by Michèle Noiret with real-time MAX/MSP spatialisation. Premiered at the Paris Opéra (F) in February 2005.
- OneAnna, a choreography by Sharona Florsheim. Premiered in Arnhem (NL) in 2005.
- Chambre Blanche, in collaboration with Stevie Wishart, a choreography by Michèle Noiret, premiered in Brussels in April 2006, on tour in Bytom and Varsovie (PL), Paris (F), Séoul (Korea), Séville, Grenade and Malaga (ES), Bruxelles, Bruges and Tournai (B), Armantière, Tulle, Gradignan, Pau, Bayonne and Strasbourg (F), Montréal (CA), Barcelone (E), Tokyo (Japan), Limoges (F), …
- De deux Points de Vue, a choreography by Michèle Noiret, composition and hardware and software development of the musical interactions with the dances. Premiered in Nancy en décembre 2007, on tour in Mons (B), Créteil (F), Annemasse (S), Bruges (B), Bruxelles (B), Enghiens-les-Bains (F), Douai (F), Bruges (B), Montreuil (F), Paris (F), Tunis (Tunisia), Nancy (F)....
- Demain, a choreography by Michèle Noiret, premiered in March 2009 in Brussels (B), on tour in Mons (B), Charleroi (B), Brussels (B), Séoul (Corée), Douai (F), Marne-la-Vallée (F), Pau (F), Dijon (F), Liège (B), Metz (F), Créteil (F), Mulhouse (F), ...
- Minutes Opportunes, a choreography by Michèle Noiret, premiered in November 2010 in Brussels (B), on tour in Choissy-le-Roi(F), Tournai (B), Le Mans (F), Maubeuge (F), Gradignan (F), …
- Hors-Champ, a choreography by Michèle Noiret, premiered in April 2013 in Brussels (B), on tour in Paris (F), Luxembourg (L), Liège (B), Namur (B), Nantes(F), Mons(B), Beijing (China), etc.
- Radioscopies, a choreography by Michèle Noiret, premiered in March 2015 in Mons (B), on tour in Naples (F), Tremblay (F), Brussels (B), etc.


Music for theatre:

- Angelo, tyran de Padoue, by Victor Hugo, directed by Pierre Abs in the open air, in the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Villers-la-Ville (B), 16 July - 16 August 1997. Adaptation at the Atelier Théâtral in Louvain-la-Neuve (B) from 10 to 27 September 1998. With the help of the "Communauté Française de Belgique - Direction générale de la Culture".
- Ca y est, je vole, by Eric d’Agostino and Laurence Vielle, at the Mercelis theatre in Brussels, 17 - 25 May 2002 and Marni Theatre in Brussels 21-28 December 2002. Original composition and live improvisation with different musicians every night: Laurent Taquin, Jean-Paul Dessy, Mathieu Ha, le groupe Carcara, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Erwin, Garret List, Fabian Fiorini, Stevie Wishart, Alex Furnelle, Sylvain Luc and Dominique Pifarely.


Sound installation:

- Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen, in collaboration with Marie-Jo Lafontaine; interactive sound installation in a train wagon open for visits in 16 different railway stations in Belgium, France and Netherlands from April to may 1996.
- Listen, I move, interactive sound installation in the patio of the Delvaux Hall at the Free University of Brussels (B), 21-27 novembre 2000. With the help of the Communauté Française de Belgique - Direction générale de la Culture.
- Pavillon Sonore, interactive sound installation at the Cité des Sciences in Paris (F), 24-29 September 2002.
- Mobile Forces, interactive sound installation at Flagey in Brussels (B), 6-7 December 2002. Commissioned by Musiques Nouvelles
-Mobile Forces 2, interactive sound installation at the Multimédi@rts Festival in Avignon (F), 21-22 March 2003.
- Touch the Monkey!, interactive sound installation at Mons Town Hall (B), 28 June - 18 August 2003. Commissioned by the town of Mons
- Corps Sonores, interactive sound installation at Mons Museum for Fine Arts (B), 28 June - 18 August 2003. Commissioned by the town of Mons
- 2 untitled interactive sound installations at the Maison d’Art Actuel des Chartreux in Brussels (B), 15 - 31 January 2004.
- Eclats Fluides, interactive sound installation for the CitySonics festival at the Machine à Eau in Mons (B), in collaboration with video artist Fred Vaillant. 22 June - 30 July 2007. Commissioned by Transcultures.
- The world starts every minute, sound installation in collaboration with Marie-Jo Lafontaine. Premiered in Angers (F) Museum of Fine Arts from December the 14th 2007 to April the 13th 2008.
- Lungs [the breather],installation in collaboration with Laura Colmenares Guerra and Yacine Sebti. Premiered at Nadine (Brussels, B), 20-29 June 2008 and shown at the PING! Festival (Spain) 3-26 Octobre 2008, at the Crea Numerica festival (Beyrouth, Liban) 27 September - 6 Octobre 2009, City Sonics. With the help of the Flemish Community.
- Insondables, interactive sound installation for the festival “Les Bains Numériques” in Enghien-les-Bains (F), in collaboration with video artist Fred Vaillant, 5 - 13 June 2009.
- PendulA (2014) Interactive media Installation, in collaboration with Christian Graupner for the video. Commissioned by Nuit Blanche / Ars Musica. With the help of Cellule des Ars Numériques from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.


Music for video:

- Léo Copers, une rétrospective noire(1990) 4'30
Production: Les Arts Florissants & Museum of Contemporary Arts of Antwerp (MUHKA)
- MUHKA(1991) 22', presentation of the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Antwerp
Production: Lu Van Orschoven & Les Arts Florissants
- Pixel's story(Cécile Massaert) (1991) 16'
Production: Les Arts Florissants & Ministère de la Communauté française
- Asakusae - Orientation 50? Nord(1992) 32'
Production: Les Arts Florissants, Centre Multimedia (Bruxelles) & Ecoles en galerie
- Transmutation(Jean-François Diord) (1992) 8'
Production: Jacques Diord & Les Arts Florissants
- Faire un tableau...(Madeleine Martin-Haupert) (1993) 55'
Production: Les Arts Florissants & Arlette Schreiber
- Marie-Jo Lafontaine(1994) 28'
Production: Les Arts Florissants & Arlette Schreiber
- Beyond the Divide (Laura Colmenares Guerra, 2010) 10'

 

CD releases:

- Prix International Noroit - Léonce Petitot , INA-GRM (France, 1991) [NOR 2]

- Presence ONE, DIVIDED (USA, 1993) [DIV02]

- < En Jeu >, ARTeM (Belgium, 1999) [ARTeM 001]

- Power and Responsibility: Converted to Streaming Between Machines, Leonardo Music Journal Volume 9 (USA, 1999) [ISAST 9]

- Presence II, CEC (Canada, 2000) [PeP 002]

- Electric flat land, Sub Rosa (Belgium, 2002) [SR181]

- Eclats, WBM (Belgium, 2002) [WBM 139b]

- CitySonics2003, Transcultures (Belgium, 2003) [Trans01]

- Matières, CD bundled with the book “ Le corps de l’espace ” published by the Centre Culturel du Brabant Wallon (Belgium, 2003)

- Miniatures, Sub Rosa (Belgium, 2004) [SR226]

- Expériences de vol 4-5-6, In-possible Records (France, 2005) [EXP-01]

- City Sonics 2007, Transcultures (Belgium, 2008) [Trans06]

- 50 ans Musiques Nouvelles, Cyprès (Belgique, 2012) [CYP4650]

- Resonance CIME, http://au.diom.at (Poland, 2013)