a special seminar

Friday 31 May 2019


University of Oxford Faculty of Music

Committee Room

Jonathan CROSS (Oxford), Nicolas DONIN (Ircam, Paris),Gascia OUZOUNIAN (Oxford), Eric de VISSCHER (V&A, London)

In his essay ‘Sonic imprints’, Nicolas Donin observes the phenomenon in recent music of resynthesis, by which he means ‘operations of translation such as transcription, transcoding or transformation’. The creative process in music, he claims, can now also involve the ‘inner trans-mutations of musical material from sound to note to structure in any order’. He explores a range of practices, from instrumental synthesis of spectra in Grisey and of speech in Mâche, to the digital reproducibility of virtually any sound in the most recent music. Taking Donin’s essay as its starting point, this special seminar will examine the broad theme of ‘sonic imprints’ as it relates to aspects of the panel’s own research (resynthesis, nature, sonic spaces, notations, etc.). A full and wide-ranging discussion between panel and public will be encouraged!

* ‘Sonic imprints: instrumental resynthesis in contemporary composition’, in Gianmario Borio, Musical Listening in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (London: Routledge, 2015), 323–41.

Admission is free and there is no need to register to attend

Jonathan Cross is Professor of Musicology at Oxford: his recent work is concerned with issues in musical spectralism. Nicolas Doninis Director of the ‘Analyse des pratiques musicales’ team at Ircam: his work embraces the analysis of creative processes, collaborative creativity, cognition and musical gesture. Gascia Ouzounianis Associate Professor of Music at Oxford: her work focuses on experimental music, sound art traditions and concepts of acoustic space. Eric de Visscheris Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at the V&A London, and formerly artistic director of Ircam and director of the Musée de la musique, Paris: his current project isconcerned with providing access to and engagement with museum objects and spaces from an aural perspective.