Christophe Duquesne

Christophe has been involved in sound synthesis for more than 30 years, with a special recent focus on physical modeling. He started his work sound using synthesizers like the Roland JUNO-6 and JX8P, Yamaha SY77 and then stepped up to more powerful platforms like the Nord Modular G2X, AAS Tassman, Max-MSP, CSound and of course, the amazing Eagan Matrix.

Christophe studied electronics (ISEP Paris) and has been a software developer and system architect for more than 25 years (mainly working for public transport data exchange and standardization). He started learning classical piano at 6 and, apart from being a member of Anckorage and Sans Bagages, he is now mainly known for being a Haken Continuum player.

Recent Sound Synthesis Endeavors:

• Designed physical modeling applications SpringSound for IOS based on physical calculation of forces on mobile bodies. SpringSound also contains a IOS remote for the Continuum.

• Involved in the sound designed of some internal presets of the Haken Continuum (closely working with Edmund Eagan and Lippold Haken) focusing on waveguide synthesis and subtractive synthesis, and helps beta-testing the firmware updates.

• Works with Tiptop Audio, and has recently developed the “Grain de Folie” cartridge (granular synthesis) for their Z-DSP Eurorack module (FV1 Spin semiconductor DSP), and the upcoming “Spring Waves” (physical modeling).

• One of the sound designers of the factory library of the ROLI Seaboard (RISE 25 and 49).

• Involved in the organization of the French Synthfest

• Contributor for several web sites like the AAS Tassman forum or the Nord Modular forum on

“I do believe that expression, and therefore new controllers, is the next step for electronic music, and I’m also convinced that these new controllers will give their best with dedicated sound engines. So I’m always happy to very modestly help paving this road.” – Christophe Duquesne

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