International ORCiM Seminar 2010: “Sound And Score”


15 December 2010, 14.00-18.30 & 16 December 2010, 9.30-16.00

Deadline registration: 3.12.2010

note: This seminar was scheduled to take place from 22-23 April 2010 but was cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud  affecting air traffic all across Europe and the U.K. at that time. Because of this exceptional context, we contacted all presenters involved and we learnt that the majority of presenters was unable to travel to Ghent. Because we felt that the seminar’s full potential would in this case not be met, the Orpheus Institute then decided to postpone the seminar to 15-16 December 2010.



As an art form based upon sound, music deals with complex semiotic translations and interactions between different perceptual senses and systems of signification: sound, score, meaning. Primarily, music has to do with the invisible, with forces that cannot be seen but that touch listeners in very compelling ways. However, in many cultures – Western and non-Western – music has been codified in notated form, originating complex written artefacts – the score -. Here, different signs and symbols not only allow for the retention and transmission of certain elements of the musical fabric but also liberate forces that are not conceivable without graphic representations.
This seminar introduces the act of notating as an important and pivotal activity within the rich array of activities that constitute musical practice. The TWO-DAY INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR aims at exploring the intimate relation(s) between sound and score and the artistic possibilities that this relationship yields for performers, composers and listeners. Three main perspectives will be adopted: a conceptual approach that allows for contributions from other fields of enquiry (history, musicology, semiotics, etc.), a practical one that takes the skilled body as its point of departure and finally an experimental approach that challenges state-of-the-art practices.

Within such a general context, particular interests or questions include:

• How are notational practices formed and interpreted over time?

• What are the semiotical implications of sound codification?

• The score as a point of departure or as a rigidly fixed codification of intentions?

• How does the performer relate/interact to/with the score? What freedom/responsibility is left for the performer, the reader of the score?

• The performers own annotations on the score.

• Which aspects of sound and music are not reducible to any graphic codification?

• Other ways of mediating between composer and performer


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Jeremy Cox (Author and Consultant in Higher Music Education, U.K.) – “What I say and what I do: the role of composer’s performances in building our sense of their works’ identity”





*When & where? @ Orpheus Institute, Korte Meer 12 9000 Ghent, Belgium –  Wed 15/12/2010 14.00- Thu 16/12/2010 16.00

*Who? The seminar will be relevant for musicians and graduate students working in all areas of research linked to musical practice.
Registration as a participant is still possible until December 3, 2010 through

Fee: 50 euros; fulltime students pay 25 euros. (Coffee breaks and a Thursday dinner is included)

Once we receive your payment your participation will be confirmed. Payment is only possible through our bank account: IBAN number: BE36 734-3341722-81 – SWIFT/BIC code: KREDBEBB


*The seminar will be held in English.

*More information on the 16 presenters (already selected in April 2010) will be available online soon!