Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM]

A research pioneer ‘Made in Flanders’

The Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] was launched in 2007. Its mission is to produce and promote the highest quality research into music, the processes of music making, and our understanding of them. Throughout the research centre's activities there is a clear focus on the development of a new research discipline in the arts: one that addresses questions and topics at the heart of the artist’s musical practice. Research at ORCiM addresses long-standing and emerging issues that are of great significance to the artistic and artistic-research communities in both Flanders and abroad.

To pursue this mission, ORCiM has defined three goals:

  1. creating a specialised research environment for musician-researchers;
  2. sharing new knowledge, know-how and artistic research outputs at local and international platforms;
  3. playing a key role in the international development of the new emerging discipline of artistic research in music.

ORCiM was formed through an initial Call for Fellowships, answered by 60 musician-researchers from 25 different countries. From this group, an international team of around 15 part-time researchers from 10 different countries was selected: senior researchers, post-docs, doctoral researchers and visiting researchers with diverse musical specialisms and backgrounds. They develop individual research projects, produce collaborative work and generate substantial research output.

In order to create a coherent logic within the research centre, they continuously search for common grounds to conduct research, which – in 2010 – led to a shared research focus on ‘Artistic Experimentation in Music'. Research findings are promoted and disseminated through study days, workshops, lectures, master classes, an annual Research Festival and Academy. Other output include peer-reviewed publications, guest lectures and presentations, recordings, compositions, and performances.

Over the years ORCiM has built a strong international network comprising relevant institutions and individual artist researchers, and continues to attract visiting experts to contribute to this dynamic research environment.