BAIN MUSC 540/(737)
(Advanced) Projects in Computer Music

Learning OpenMusic

Links for my computer music students

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Open Music logo

What is OpenMusic?

  1. What is OpenMusic (OM)? {IRCAM}
    OpenMusic is a LISP-based visual programming language for computer-aided composition that was developed at IRCAM
  2. Wikipedia Article {WP}

Download & Installation

  1. Download at: GitHub
  2. System Configuration and Installation: See OM User Manual

OMP - OpenMusic Project on GitHub

Documentation & Resources

  1. OpenMusic Project (OMP)  Pages {OMP}
  2. OM Overview {OMP}
  3. OM Documentation {OMP}
  4. OM Resources {OMP}

Video Tutorials

  1. OpenMusic, QuickStart Tutorial (2021) {OMP} <- START HERE
  2. Mikhail Malt, Meet the Forum: OpenMusic Tutorial (April 1, 2021) {IRCAM Forumnet}
  3. Peter Underhill, Composing with OpenMusic (2020) {YouTube Playlist}
  4. Federico Bonacossa, OpenMusic Tutorials (2013) {YouTube Playlist}

Other Tutorials

  1. Karim Haddad, OpenMusic Tutorial {IRCAM}
  2. Moreno Andreata, Zn Tutorial {IRCAM}
  3. Algorithmic Composer


  1. Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) {IRCAM}
  2. IRCAM Music Representation Research Group {IRCAM; See also: STMS Lab}
  3. IRCAM Forum {IRCAM}
  4. Science and Technology of Music and Sound Laboratory {IRCAM}


Agon, C., G. Assayag, J. Bresson, eds. 2006-2016. The OM Composer's Book, Vol. 1-3. Collection Musique/Sciences. Editions Delatour France / IRCAM. {IRCAM}

Bouche, D. J. Nika, A. Dhechile, and J. Bresson. 2017. "Computer-aided Composition of Musical Processes." Journal of New Music Research 46/1 (September 2016). {ResearchGate}

Laske, Otto. 1981. "Composition Theory in Koenig's Project One and Project Two." Computer Music Journal 5/4: Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 54-65. {JSTOR}

Sandred, Orjan. 2017. The Musical Fundamentals of Computer Assisted Composition. Winnipeg: Audiospective Media. {GB; Companion Website}

Seibel, Peter. 2005. Practical Common LISP. Available online at: <>.

Steele, Guy L. 1990. Common Lisp the Language, 2nd ed. Woburn, MA: Digital Press. Available online at: <>.

Touretzky, David S. 2014. Common LISP: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation. North Chelmsford, MA: Courier Corporation. {GB}

Xenakis, Iannis. 1992/1971. Formalized Music. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press. {GB}

Updated: March 11, 2022

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music