Jean-Michel Couturier



Ph.D. ATIAM (Acoustics, Signal Processing and Computer Science applied to Music), Aix-Marseille II University, CNRS-LMA, Marseille, France. Awarded December 7th, 2005, with honours (Mention Très Honorable). Reviewers: Myriam Desainte-Catherine, Sylvie Gibet, Yves Guiard.


DEA (master) of Acoustics at the Aix-Marseille II University.


Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Marseille (E.S.I.M.), engineering school, with specialization in electronic and computer science, France.



Co-founder of Blue Yeti, an innovative company specialised in interactive systems: design of original products and devices that use new interaction modalities.

2001 – 2004

Thesis at CNRS-LMA (Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique of Marseille), Computer Music team. PhD thesis title: Advanced use of graphical interfaces for the gestural control of sound processes.
• Study and experiments of the use of graphical interfaces in digital musical instruments. Use of Computer-Human Interaction techniques into the computer music area.
• Design of specific graphical interfaces and sound algorithms controlled with different gestural controllers.
• Development of a touchscreen-like device with multiple pointing.
• Design of computer programs available on Internet.
• Design of digital musical instruments, used in live performances.

January – June 2001

DEA training period at CNRS-LMA: Experimentation of a new sound synthesis process: the Scanned Synthesis. Implementation in Matlab, Max/MSP with real time control of synthesis parameters with gestural controllers. Design of a Scanned Synthesis digital musical instrument.

March – September 2000

ESIM training period at CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique), GENEC (Groupement ENErgétique de Cadarache, France), photovoltaic modules branch: renovation of the meteorological platform: design of a calibration device, database, design of an ephemerid software.


January 2006

Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique, Hypermedia technic seminary, second year student: design of interactive devices.

February 2005 and January 2006

Master of science "Mécanique, Physique et Modélisation", Acoustic speciality, EGIM, Marseille: Course on “Gestural control of sound processes”.

October 2004

IUP “Métiers de l’image et du Son”, Aubagne, France, Course on “Gestural control in computer music”.

September 98 to 03

ESIM, Marseille, first year students: Practical courses on creativity. Teaching (courses and practical works) of techniques used to find solutions and new ideas.



Composition in experimental electronic music. First prize in electro-acoustic composition at the music conservatory of Marseille. Involvement in numerous concerts and musical events.


Member of the Administration Council of AFIM (French association of computer music), member of the program committee of the international conference NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression).

In 2003, founder president of E3D, student association of the “Ecole Doctorale Physique, Modélisation et Sciences pour l’Ingénieur”: organisation of events and trainings for PhD students, design of the web site.


Mountain hiking, mountain bike, DIY, juggling.


Max/MSP – Jitter, C / C++ / Visual C++, html, php, SQL, Matlab.


French: native language, English: fluent, Spanish: basic.

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