Spectralisms: an international conference

Spectralisms

An International Conference

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

15–16 March 2017

 

The first UK conference devoted entirely to the discussion of spectral music will take place in Oxford 15–16 March 2017, organised by the Faculty of Music in association with Ircam, Paris, and supported by the University of Oxford, the OUP John Fell Fund, and the Royal Musical Association.

 

The draft programme and registration are now open at www.music.ox.ac.uk/spectralisms

The term spectral music, coined by composer Hugues Dufourt in 1979 and now in wide use (despite ongoing disputes over its appropriateness), represents a music derived from the analysis of the structure of sound itself, and explores exciting new forms, timbres, temporalities and modes of expression. It first emerged in France in the 1970s, but its roots extend back possibly as far as Rameau, and certainly to such key figures of the twentieth century as Debussy, Messiaen, Stockhausen, Ligeti, Xenakis, Partch, and still today La Monte Young. Grisey, Murail, Dufourt and Levinas were early pioneers of this aesthetic. Today the impact of ‘spectral thinking’ can be found across a very wide range of international musical practices.

 

This conference aims to examine a broad gamut of critical issues springing from the idea of spectral music. The title ‘Spectralisms’ (in the plural) reflects the conference organisers’ wish to encourage discussion of the topic from the widest possible range of critical perspectives. A full programme of 34 papers plus keynote lectures and a round table has now been published at www.music.ox.ac.uk/spectralisms

 

The conference keynote speaker is Tristan Murail, co-founder of Ensemble L’Itinéraire in 1973 and of the spectral movement. His key works include Mémoire/Érosion, Gondawa, Désintégrations, L’Esprit des dunes, La Barque mystique, Winter Fragments and Le Désenchantement du monde. Formerly professor at Columbia University, currently visiting professor at Shanghai Conservatory, he remains one of the world’s most influential living composers.

The invited guest speaker is composer and commentator on contemporary music, Julian Anderson, Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Recent works include a Violin Concerto, ‘In lieblicher Bläue’, Van Gogh Blue, and Incantesimi for the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle.

 

The conference also features a concert given by the London Sinfonietta of music by Murail, Grisey and Saariaho. It will take place in the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building on 15 March 2017 at 19.30. The music in the programme will be introduced by Tristan Murail.


[original CFP follows]

 

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
15–16 March 2017

Call for Papers

The first UK conference devoted entirely to the discussion of spectral music will take place in Oxford in March 2017, organised by the Faculty of Music in association with Ircam, Paris.

The term spectral music, coined by composer Hugues Dufourt in 1979 and now in wide use (despite ongoing disputes over its appropriateness), represents a music derived from the analysis of the structure of sound itself, and explores exciting new forms, timbres, temporalities and modes of expression. It first emerged in France in the 1970s, but its roots extend back possibly as far as Rameau, and certainly to such key figures of the twentieth century as Debussy, Messiaen, Stockhausen, Ligeti, Xenakis, Partch, and still today La Monte Young. Grisey, Murail, Dufourt and Levinas were early pioneers of this aesthetic. Today the impact of ‘spectral thinking’ can be found across a very wide range of international musical practices.

This conference aims to examine a broad gamut of critical issues springing from the idea of spectral music. The title ‘Spectralisms’ (in the plural) reflects the conference organisers’ wish to encourage contributions from the widest possible range of critical perspectives. These might include, but are certainly not restricted to:

– historical/historiographical perspectives on spectral music in France and elsewhere
– the institutions of spectral music
– philosophical contexts for the ‘ideologies’ of spectralism
– the politics of spectralism
– spectral music and modes of listening
– spectralism and technology
– music spectra, the corps sonore and music theory
– analytical methods specific to spectral repertoire
– spectral music and the creative process
– sound studies
– ‘spectralisms’ in the widest sense, including in popular, folk and world traditions

The conference keynote speaker is Tristan Murail, co-founder of Ensemble L’Itinéraire in 1973 and of the spectral movement. His key works include Mémoire/Érosion, Gondawa, Désintégrations, L’Esprit des dunes, La Barque mystique, Winter Fragments and Le Désenchantement du monde. Formerly professor at Columbia University, currently visiting professor at Shanghai Conservatory, he remains one of the world’s most influential living composers.

The conference also features a concert given by the London Sinfonietta of music by Murail, Grisey, Saariaho and others. It will take place in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building on 15 March 2017 at 19.30. The music in the programme will be introduced by Tristan Murail.

Proposals of 250–300 words are now invited for spoken papers of 20 minutes. These should be sent as a Word attachment to spectralisms@music.ox.ac.uk and must include the following:

– title
– author(s)
– affiliation(s)
– email address for contact

The deadline for proposals is Friday 9 December 2016 at 12.00 UTC. Decisions on proposals will be communicated by early to mid January 2017.

The languages of the conference are English and French. Proposals are welcome for papers in both languages.

L’appel à contributions en français est disponible à l’adresse suivante : http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/spectralisms/appel-a-contributions/

Further information about the conference, including details about registration, will appear here shortly. Information about the conference – accommodation, travel information, draft programme, etc. – will be available on the dedicated website: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/spectralisms

The programme committee is:

– Jonathan CROSS (University of Oxford) (Conference Director)
– Nicolas DONIN (IRCAM–CNRS–UPMC)
– François-Xavier FÉRON (CNRS–LaBRI)
– Robert HASEGAWA (McGill University)
– Gascia OUZOUNIAN (University of Oxford)
– Caroline RAE (Cardiff University)

If you are interested in this conference, you might also be interested in this Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of the journal Twentieth-Century Music, guest edited by Jonathan Cross, devoted to the idea of ‘spectral thinking’. Go to:

 

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