Spectralisms 2019

International Conference – 2nd edition, 12–14 June 2019, Paris

This second international “Spectralisms” conference will take place on 12-14 June 2019 in Paris during Ircam ManiFeste festival. It will offer once again the opportunity to explore the many facets of Spectralism. By ‘Spectralism’ is meant any music that considers the acoustic structure of sounds and the mechanisms of auditory perception to produce forms, timbres, temporalities and new modes of expression. Many aesthetic ideas are incorporated within ‘spectral thinking’ without necessarily having direct links with the creative and performance tradition that developed in France during the 1970s. Conference languages are French and English.

For details of the conference programme, concerts and registration see:


All sessions in Salle Stravinsky will be live streamed at video.ircam.fr

Registration deadline (normal): 7 June 2019

Cette deuxième édition du colloque « Spectralismes » se déroulera du 12 au 14 Juin 2019 à Paris dans le cadre du festival ManiFeste de l’Ircam. Elle sera l’occasion de célébrer à nouveau les multiples facettes du spectralisme, entendu au sens de toute musique qui tient compte de la structure acoustique des sons et des mécanismes de la perception auditive pour produire des formes, des timbres, des temporalités et des modes d’expression inédits. Nombre d’esthétiques participent ainsi de la « pensée spectrale » sans forcément avoir de relation avec la tradition créatrice et performative établie en France dans les années 1970. Les langues du colloque sont le français et l’anglais.

Pour les détails sur la programme, les concerts et l’inscription voir :


Live streaming de toutes les séances en Salle Stravinsky sera disponible sur video.ircam.fr

Date de limite pour l’enscription normale : le 7 juin 2019

Organising Committee / Comité d’organisation

Sylvie Benoit (Ircam), Nicolas Donin (Ircam – STMS), François-Xavier Féron (CNRS – STMS), Eric de Gélis (Ircam), Grégoire Lorieux (Ircam, L’Itinéraire)

International Evaluation Committee / Comité scientifique

Jonathan Cross (University of Oxford), Nicolas Donin (Ircam – STMS), François-Xavier Féron (CNRS – STMS), Joshua Fineberg (Boston University), Robert Hasegawa (McGill University), Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford), Ingrid Pustijanac (University of Pavia), Caroline Rae (Cardiff University)


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.