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Jean-Claude Risset

1938 - 2016

Jean-Claude Risset

The Orpheus Institute would like to express its sadness at the passing of Jean-Claude Risset, composer, computer music pioneer and key figure in driving scientific research in music for the past 50 years. His contributions to the development of computer Music, music perception and cognition are an invaluable legacy for the Music Research community at large.Our deepest condolences to his family.

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Electric Salons

A new series of events for sound artists, composers and performers

November 2016 / January 2017 / May 2017


The first edition of this new event series - the Electric Salon with Matt Wright is postponed. More info and new dates soon.

a new series of events for sound artists, composers and performers who are engaged (or want to be engaged) with new (and not so new) technologies.

Electric Salons are developped for an invited  guest artist to share their work, discuss practical issues. Workshop and audio facilities are available in our new lab for work on personal projects or to develop ideas with the guest and with Orpheus researchers Juan Parra and Jonathan Impett. There is opportunity for participnants to present or discuss your own work and we hope to end each session with a performance in the concert hall: work you bring or create on the day, music from our guest, and collaborations.

The salons are informal, relaxed sessions for exchange and creation. Show, share and work together with others who are likewise serious about exploring new sound and music with technology.

The Electric Salons are organised in the context of a new research cluster at the Orpheus Institute: Music, Thought and Technology posits a fundamental relationship between these three aspects of human behaviour. Taking its cue from recent research in technology theory, in new media and digital culture, MTT proposes a radical reorientation of the space and terms in which we think about music, exploring these ideas through creative projects.


November 24 - Electric Salon with Matt Wright - POSTPONED

January 19 - Electric Salon with Nicolas Collins

May 25 - Electric Salon with Nicholas Brown

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Sound Work - Composition as Critical Technical Practice

ORCiM Seminar 2016

21-23 November 2016


The 10th Orpheus Research Seminar offers the opportunity for contributors from around the world to gather and explore the theme of composition as critical technical practice.

Keynote speakers:

Nicolas Collins, Professor of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Alan Blackwell, Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge

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Deadline: 1 December 2016


Open for researchers, practitioners and doctoral students within music and related fields, the Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2017, Traditions-Transitions, will explore how different modes of relationships between past and present affect artistic practices today. Further, practitioners and researchers from the fields of music and social sciences will draw on Eric Hobsbawm’s notion of “invented traditions”, examining how traditions are forged, broken or interrupted and how they might be used as sources of renewal.

The conference will feature lectures by Richard Taruskin, Joanna Dudley, Sigiswald Kuijken and Esteban Buch as well as a musical gallery in which performances and installations addressing the conference topics will be interspersed with moderated discussions between artists and our guest speakers.

We invite researchers, practitioners, artist researchers and doctoral students within related fields to submit proposals that address the broad range of issues involved in the conference topics. Submissions should include, but are not limited to, themes that place strong emphasis on the interplay between social practices and musical performance. We welcome contributions in the form of theoretical papers, performances or a combination of the two.

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Orpheus Instituut 20 years

Orpheus Instituut celebrates it's 20th anniversary

13 - 15 November 2016

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2016-2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Orpheus Institute – a leading centre for artistic research in music. We will celebrate this occasion with forty-eight hours of music, discussion and festivity to take place in Ghent from the afternoon of Sunday 13 November to the morning of Tuesday 15, 2016.

Sunday 13 November 2016 (16-18h)
Alumni Take the Floor

On Sunday afternoon alumni of our doctoral programme docARTES and the laureate programme present performances throughout the Orpheus building, the fruits of a generation of artistic research in music.

Sunday 13 November 2016 (19-22h)
Opening concert You Shall Not Turn

On Sunday evening we have the official opening concert of Orpheus’ 20 years jubilee. Tiziano Manca’s composition You Shall Not Turn is premiered as part of a programme of vocal and technological music. This special concert also includes the premiere of Nicolas Collins’ Speak, Memory and closes with a rare performance of Post-prae-ludium per Donau by Luigi Nono.

Monday 14 November 2016 (9-21h)
Rethinking the Practices of Music

On Monday five Orpheus research groups present their work in a series of musical events. The common thread is their constant re-examining of the relationship between artistic activity and research. These artistic presentations are therefore interspersed with two panel discussions confronting questions raised by this generational moment. Experts in the field discuss present and future challenges for artistic research in music with researchers from the Orpheus Institute and our guests.


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