The Cdmc holds a unique collection representing all aesthetics within musical creation. This collection has grown thanks to the collaboration of composers, publishers and Radio France. With a consultation area open to the public, the centre also affords access to many online resources through the Catalogue and the Gateway to Contemporary Music. A beacon of the latest music news with its website, the Cdmc organises encounters with the movers and shakers of contemporary music.
The Cdmc presents a season of encounters, seminars and day study sessions designed to counterpoint the views of specialists and professionals and to spotlight composers and performers. Focussing on topical aspects of the music scene, they are organised in collaboration with the main players of musical creation: ensembles, centres for creation, festivals, etc., as well as with those involved in research, the universities and conservatories. Dédicaces (Dedications): these are encounters featuring newly released books, discs or DVDs.
Deleuze and music - A nomad seminar
Project directors: Pascale Criton, Jean-Marc Chouvel, Anne Sauvagnargues
Deleuze was interested in music as a philosopher, and, although music was not the subject of any specific book, it nonetheless held a privileged position in his thought. Just as he turned to the cinema, painting and literature in order to develop his philosophy, music presented him with the opportunity for a specific encounter with the operative domain peculiar to music. The effects of this in his work can be seen in, for example, the ideas of spatial and temporal multiplicities, of coding and transcoding, of thought processes through diagrams or affects.
In the course of these itinerant sessions, we propose a survey of Gilles Deleuze’s approach to music, a domain that has not yet been the subject of in-depth research in France. He did in fact very often refer to a broad corpus of contemporary music, from Berg to Messiaen, from Boulez, Berio, Xenakis to Cage and Steve Reich and moreover brought renewed consideration to sound signals as a whole and to their expression in space and time.
We shall examine, with reciprocal consideration, the impact of these tools of thought on research and on contemporary creation in music. We shall not only ask how Deleuze was inspired and instructed by the contemporary musical practice of his day, but also show how reading his texts affected creation, musicology, musical æsthetics, ethnomusicology, as well as techniques and technologies…
The seminar will make a contribution towards establishing the historical context, exploring the musical references, elucidating encounters with music in the philosopher’s work, but will also look at the interactions between music and philosophy, with the inflexions and tensions that arise from them for the music of today.
Jean-Marc Chouvel, lecturer, Université de Reims Champagne Ardennes, IDEAT
Jérôme Cler, assistant lecturer, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV
Danielle Cohen-Lévinas, lecturer, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV
Pascale Criton, composer
Costin Miereanu, lecturer, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris I, director of the IDEAT
Jean-Paul Olive, lecturer, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Béatrice Ramaut-Chevassus, lecturer, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne
Anne Sauvagnargues, lecturer, Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Antonia Soulez, lecturer, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Pascale Criton, Jean-Marc Chouvel, Laure Marcel-Berlioz, Anne Sauvagnargues, Katherine Vayne
Laboratories and partnership structures
Documentation centre for contemporary music (Cdmc)
Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris I, Institute of æsthetics, art and technology (IDEAT)
Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, Heritage and musical languages (PLM),
Centre for æsthetics, music and contemporary philosophy (CEMPC)
Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Æsthetics, musicology and musical creation (MUSESCREA), Study and research laboratory for contemporary philosophical logic (LLCP)
Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense Creation, Art, Philosophy (Créart-Phi)
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, Interdisciplinary study and research centre for contemporary expression (CIEREC)
École Normale Supérieure-Lyon, UMR 50 37, Centre for Poetic Studies (CEP)
École Normale Supérieure-Paris, International centre for the study of contemporary French philosophy (CIEPFC)
Institut National de l’Histoire des Arts (INHA)