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MusicExperimentX: Transdisciplinary Encounters in and Beyond Music is a research project in the field of creative music performance. In it, performance is regarded as an independent form of art: independent from works of music, from concepts and practices of musical interpretation, and from authoritative texts, instruments, and traditions. The project aims at reconfiguring musical practices, most prominently at merging the roles of composer, instrumentalist, and performer into one figure: the operator, a multitasking inventive person, intertwining, fabricating and “machining” unexpected connections between heterogeneous musical, artistic, and conceptual materials. The project challenges dominant modes of thinking about music, while offering concrete tools, methodologies and strategies for the making of imaginative music performances.


Music, Thought and Technology

The research cluster 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.


Declassifying the Classics

This research cluster explores the intersection of historical technology and rhetoric, and its relevance for modern-day performance. Taking as its core repertoire the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, and maintaining a focus on the keyboard in its various technological guises, we hypothesize that, for a revival of the art of rhetoric to work, we need not just awareness of historical rules of performance (traditionally known as "performance practice") but also sensitivity to historical socio-cultural contexts, including social identity, skill, and gender of our historical counterparts (composers, composer-performers, performers, dedicatees, targeted users, or listeners).



The HIPEX project traces, reconstructs, and documents historical practices in the performance of experimental post-WWII compositions, deepening our understanding of the role of the performer in the establishing of new repertoire and new performance aesthetics.


Detecting Degrees of Density in Aggregates

Luk Vaes, Dirk Moelants

This project follows up on Luk Vaes’ doctoral work with regards to extended piano techniques. In contemporary music, clusters (dense aggregates of adjacent pitches) have become a common part of the musical language. Yet, our understanding of how clusters are perceived does not match its popularity in compositional practice. The few existing cluster theories are contradictory to each other as well as to the cluster’s history in scores; empirical data on the cluster's aural perception are almost non-existing.


Luk Vaes, Hans Cafmeyer

Composer-teacher-pianist Hans Cafmeyer and pianist-researcher Luk Vaes work together to develop new and pedagogically appropriate repertoire to teach children the use of Extended Piano Techniques.

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Exploratory Experimental Practices In Music

Fascinated by the riddle of music creation, both in performance and composition, the investigators of this project aspire to unravel exploratory oriented experimentation (EE) in artistic practice. The project’s hypothesis postulates that this method, starting from sensorial observation and dynamic interactive exploration, offers a valuable aesthetic and epistemic tool for music creation.


Beethoven and his Foreign Pianos

When it comes to Ludwig van Beethoven and his pianos, the question of “what was” is often obscured by “what could have been.” Statements by the revered composer such as “The piano must break!” or “I hope the time will come when the harp and the piano will become two totally different instruments” are two examples among many that have helped create a story in which extreme ambition (easily mistaken for “vision”) and dissatisfaction with available technologies are seen as colliding with one another.

Decontextualized Notation

This research project critically and creatively investigates musical notation both as an extension of music aimed at performers and as a medium which reaches beyond or enlarges music‘s context, seeking to define new ways of thinking what music can become through innovative approaches to notation.

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