Dr Nicolas Donin

Home Institution:

IRCAM (France)


Nicolas Donin is a musicologist at IRCAM, where he founded and directs the team “Analyse des pratiques musicales” within the laboratory “Sciences et technologies de la musique et du son” (IRCAM–CNRS–UPMC). His research deals with works, practices, and musical aesthetics through a double approach: the historical study of contemporary music since the end of the nineteenth century, and empirical musicology in collaboration with composers, interpreters, and listeners of today. As part of this research program, he has realized studies on the beginnings of musical analysis in France, the aesthetics of Schoenberg, and on the creative process of various contemporary musicians. He has also contributed to the development of computer technology for musicology (tools for multimedia publication and assisted musical analysis). He is the author of numerous publications in the field of musicology as well as the humanities and social sciences. He recently co-edited (with Rémy Campos) the volume L’analyse musicale, une pratique et son histoire (Genève, 2009), and (with Laurent Feneyrou) Théories de la composition musicale au xxe siècle (Lyon, 2013). Nicolas also co-authored several documentary films on the creative process of composers Georges Aperghis, Luca Francesconi, Philipp Maintz, Roque Rivas and Marco Stroppa.




Speculations 1: Supporting Materials

1. VIDEO: La voix et l'éloquence,

Nicolas Donin with Bruno Latour, Philippe Leroux and Valérie Philippin [French Language]

2. ARTICLE: Artistic Research and the Creative Process: The Joys and Perils of Self-analysis

[Note: Pre-publication proof supplied by author]