Exploring New Paths in Music Performance in the Twenty-First Century

Paulo de Assis (Principal Investigator)


MusicExperiment21 (ME21) is a five-year artistic research programme (2013-2018) funded by the European Research Council and based at the Orpheus Institute Ghent.

ME21 recording session with Paulo de AssisMusicExperiment21 [ME21] is a five-year artistic research programme (2013-2018) funded by the European Research Council and based at the Orpheus Institute Ghent. It utilizes notions of ‘experimentation’ to challenge orthodox performance practices and to highlight the epistemic potential of performances. It brings together diverse artistic, performative, historical, methodological, epistemological, and philosophical approaches that contribute to a new experimental attitude and discourse, crucially moving from ‘interpretation' towards ‘experimentation'. This word is not used in relation to measurable quantifiable phenomena, but rather to an ‘attitude', a willingness to constantly reshape thoughts and practices, to operate new redistributions of the sensible, affording unpredictable reconfigurations of music, art, and societal practices.

ME21 is generating new modes of music performance and exposition of  artistic research in music. By integrating into performance materials that go beyond the score (sketches, texts, concepts, images, and videos), it offers a broader contextualisation of works within a transdisciplinary horizon. Significantly ME21 is advancing a 'new image of work', one that takes into account the genesis of the works, their changes throughout time, and its future potentialities. Accordingly, the research programme has a transdisciplinary structure, with specific research foci on music performance, composition, musicology, philosophy and epistemology. Their interaction generates a network of aesthetic-epistemic references emerging not only at different professional stages (including doctoral and post-doctoral researchers), but also in the context of leading international projects and ensembles (such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Hermes Ensemble and the Ensemble Interface).

ME21 core researchers are Dr. Paulo de Assis (Principal Investigator), Dr. Michael Schwab, Dr. Juan Parra Cancino, Lucia D'Errico (docARTES), Heloísa Amaral (docARTES), Paolo Giudici (Royal College of Arts, London), and Dr. Jan Michiels (Royal Conservatory, Brussels).

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Experimental Systems

Future Knowledge in Artistic Research

Michael Schwab, Paulo de Assis, Paolo Giudici, Darla Crispin

Author(s): Michael Schwab (ed.)

ISBN 9789058679734 - 39.50 euro

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Sound & Score

Essays on Sound, Score and Notation

Kathleen Coessens, Paulo de Assis, William Brooks, Anna Scott, Anne Douglas, Darla Crispin, Miguelángel Clerc Parada, Yolande Harris

Author(s): Paulo de Assis, William Brooks and Kathleen Coessens (eds.)

ISBN 97890586797695 - 39.50 euro

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The Dark Precursor

Deleuze and Artistic Research

Paulo de Assis, Paolo Giudici

Author(s): Paulo de Assis and Paolo Giudici (eds.)

ISBN 9789462701182 - 69.00 euro