Jérôme Nika is a researcher and a computer music designer / musician specialized in human-machine musical interaction.

He graduated from the French Grandes Écoles Télécom ParisTech and ENSTA ParisTech. In addition, he studied acoustics, signal processing and computer science as applied to music and composition.

He specialized in the applications of computer science and signal processing to digital creation and music through a PhD (Young Researcher Prize in Science and Music, 2015; Young Researcher Prize awarded by the French Association of Computer Music, 2016), and then as a researcher at Ircam. His research focuses on the introduction of authoring, composition, and control in human-computer music co-improvisation.

Photo by William Beaucardet (portrait “Le Monde” by Pierre Gervasoni)

He is involved in numerous musical productions and artistic collaborations, particularly in improvised music (Steve Lehman, Bernard Lubat, Benoît Delbecq, Rémi Fox) and contemporary music (Pascal Dusapin, Ensemble Modern, Marta Gentilucci).

More than 60 artistic performances have brought the tools conceived and developed by Jérôme Nika into play since 2016 (Onassis Center, Athens, Greece; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria; Frankfurter Positionen festival, Frankfurt; Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, USA; Centre Pompidou, Collège de France, LeCentquatre, Paris, France; Montreux Jazz festival, etc.). 

In 2019-2020, he is in residency at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, and works as a computer music designer / musician / researcher on 3 projects: Lullaby Experience, an evolutive project by composer Pascal Dusapin, and two improvised music projects: Silver Lake Studies, in duo with Steve Lehman, and C’est pour ça, in duo with Rémi Fox.

In 2020, he becomes permanent researcher in the Music Representations Team at Ircam.

Awards, prizes, grants

Laureate CNC DICRéAM program with Rémi Fox (“C’est pour ça” project), 2019 – 2020.

Work chosen and presented by M. Thierry Mandon, Minister of Research, during his New Year greetings, 2017.

AFIM Prize of the Young Researcher, 2016.

Young Researcher Prize in Science and Music, AFIM (French Association of Computer Music), INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), IRISA (Institute for Research in IT and Random Systems), Rennes 2 university and sponsored by Foundation Rennes 1, 2015.

Grantee for the Musical Rhythm Workshop at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Abu Dhabi, 2014.

EDITE Grant for doctoral studies 2012.

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