Sensible and Sensorial Explorations in Music

International Orpheus Academy For Music & Theory 2015

With the topic 'Sensible and sensorial explorations in Music', the International Orpheus Academy for Music & Theory 2015 will open the field of investigation towards a sensorial approach to music and its aesthetic theories.

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Sensory aspects of art are primordial in music practices. The musician listens, plays, listens deeper to play differently, to adapt the body, listens again and again; he or she is deeply involved in the sensorial qualities of his or her practice. However, when it comes to a reflection on or analysis of music, the cognitive aspects and the artwork as object are stressed. A sensorial approach to arts was rather absent in or confined to the borders of discourse on music, aesthetics and philosophy of art.

This tension between theory and practice mirrors the different notions of the word 'aesthetics' over western history. While Baumgarten explored aesthetics as the relation between sensibility and reason, sensation and thinking, as a Sciencia cognitionis sensitivae, aesthetics afterwards ignored the status of the sensorial as being too confused and not reliable. Hence, two different paths of aesthetics evolved: the minor one grounded in a sensorial, physical origin of music events, the major one as the intellectual appreciation and intellectual analysis of 'beauty'.

It is the aim of this academy to consider and discuss these tensions and to provide a platform for the realm of the sensible, the affect and the sensation beside cognitivist theories of aesthetics drawing upon the intelligible and the conceptual. Such an aesthetics involves the position and reflection of the music practitioner and retraces it as the domain of the sensible, involving an appreciation of the value of sensorial experience and qualities in the interaction between human being and environment.

Guest faculty

  • Salome Voegelin (Swiss-UK), Artist, writer - University of the arts London
  • Tim Ingold (Scotland) , Anthropologist - University of Aberdeen
  • Michael Levinas (France) , Pianist, composer - Conservatoire National de Paris
  • Fabien Lévy (France-Germany) , Composer - Hochschule für Musik Detmold
  • Lasse Thoresen (Norway) , Composer - Norges Musikkhøgskole

Schedule

Monday March 30, 2015

09.00-9.30

Arrival of the participants: Registration & coffee

09.30-10.00

Introduction

10.00-11.15

Lecture 1 “Sound and the atmosphere

by Tim Ingold

11.15-11.45

coffee break

11.45-13.00

Lecture 2 “Sense versus sensitivity in the composition process: a phoney debate?”

by Fabien Lévy

13.00-14.15

lunch in house

14.15-14.45

Interventions/presentations Orpheus Researchers I:

Luk Vaes on “tactility of Taktil”

14.45-15.00

"On the sensorial I"

by Kathleen Coessens

15.00-16.15

Lecture 3 “Reflective Listening: between Composition, Performance and Research

by Lasse Thoresen

16.15-16.45

coffee break

16.45-18.00

Lecture 4 “Performing the criticality of a Sonic Sensibility

by Salome Voegelin

18.00-18.30

Interventions/presentations Orpheus Researchers II:

20.00-21.15

Concert “Sensibility at the Clavichord: Music by C. P. E. Bach (1714 – 1788)

by Tom Beghin

Tuesday March 31, 2015

09:00-09:30

Arrival & coffee

09.30-09.45

On the sensorial II

by Kathleen Coessens

09.45--11.00

Lecture 5 “Qu'est-ce qu'une phrase musicale - le son et le sens

by Michael Levinas

11.00-11.30

coffee break

11.30-12.45

Interventions/presentations Orpheus Researchers III:

Luk Vaes “Experiments with instruments in Unterström

Nico Couck “Dan Tramte - Degradative Interference

Juan Parra “The Calder Network:Using sonification strategies as methodology for electronic instrument design.

Jonathan Impett “Speak

Lucia D’Errico “A perspective from MusicExperiment21

12.45-14

lunch in house

14.00-15.15

Lecture 6 “Extreme Interpretation. Observations on Emergent Forms in S. Rachmaninoff's version of Chopin's Ballad in A flat major, op. 47

by Lasse Thoresen

15.15-16.00

Presentations by participants

16.00 -16.30

coffee break

16.30-17.45

Lecture 7 “Reflections on the Politics of Sentiment

by Salome Voegelin

17.45-18.00

On the sensorial III

by Kathleen Coessens

18:00

Short concert

Nico Couck plays Simon Steen-Andersen - Beloved Brother

Wednesday April 1, 2015

09.00-9.30

Arrival & coffee

09.30-9.45

On the sensorial IV

by Kathleen Coessens

9.45-11.00

Lecture 8 “Lines of sound; lines of melody

by Tim Ingold

11.00 -11.30

coffee break

11.30-12.45

Lecture 9 “Le clavier et les invariants: le clavier à deux niveaux

by Michael Levinas

12.45-13.45

lunch in house

13.45-15.00

Lecture 10 “When Signs obscure Meaning

by Fabien Lévy

15.00-16.00

Closing session

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