I am Martin Fouilleul. I started programming and teaching myself the workings of computers in parallel with my science and music studies. After graduating in Sound Engineering from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, my colleague Julien Carton and I co-founded Sweet Spot, a company and a post-production facility dedicated to our activity in the field of sound and music.

Simultaneously, I started collaborating with artists on pieces or exhibitions requiring electronics or computers, such as Nasenflügeltanz from Stockhausen for DX7, sampler and percussions, with Benoit Maurin and Haga Ratovo, a new take by the company Manque pas d'Airs, including realtime sound design, on Dido and Æneas from Purcell and Il mondo della Luna from Haydn, the electroacoustic device of the installation Listen to the World from Marina Smorodinova at the Rotondes in Luxembourg, or custom-made audio plug-ins for the electro jazz trio Nox.3.

I'm currently writing Top !, a multimedia player-sequencer aimed at live performances, and I'm also working with NOX.3 on the prototype of a sensor-equipped glove intended to track and process musical gestures.

A word on “Handmade”

The ambition of Forking Paths is to be something akin to the workshop of a cabinetmaker or a stained glass artist.

I like the idea of programming by hand, and being curious about the inner workings of our tools, rather than relying on black boxes and stitching libraries and frameworks together. And I think it's sometimes worthy to sit down and try to reinvent some kind of wheel. It doesn't go without self-questionning, but hey, otherwise where's the fun ?

Some programmers do care about crafting fine pieces of software by hand. And know what ? There's even a thriving community of those people sharing ideas and learning resources, and growing their own softwares in their own programming garden. It is the Handmade Network, and if you're technically inclined, I strongly encourage you to go there and have a look !