Seminar with François J. Bonnet: From musique concrète to music to come
The Division of Musicology, Inter Arts Center and The Sound Environment Centre are glad to be able to present a range of activities with composer François J. Bonnet in April 2023. The activities are all linked to Éliane Radigue, one of the most known female pioneers of electronic music.
Bonnet will hold a seminar about the history of the GRM and the particularities of early electroacoustic. In the seminar he will present he history and fundamental concepts of musique concrète developed at the GRM and to deploy from there, via a renewed theory of listening, tracks to re-expose in a radical way the question of music in itself, its singularity and its deep reason.
François J. Bonnet is a Franco-Swiss composer and electroacoustic musician based in Paris. In addition to being the Director of INA GRM (Institut national de l’audiovisuel / Groupe de Recherches Musicales - the latter being one of the birthplaces of electroacoustic experimentation in the late 1950’s), François J. Bonnet is also a writer and theoretician: his books “The Order of Sounds: A Sonorous Archipelago”, “The Infra-World”, and "After Death” are published in English by Urbanomic. He is also the author of the manifesto “The Music to Come”, published by Shelter Press in 2020, and the co-editor of the “SPECTRES” series of publications, a joint project of INA GRM and Shelter Press. As a musician, Bonnet often works under the project name Kassel Jaeger. He has collaborated with artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Giuseppe Ielasi, Stephan Mathieu, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Akira Rabelais, James Rushford or Gisèle Vienne. Kassel Jaeger’s works are a complex balance between concrète experimentalism, ambient noise, and electroacoustic improvisation. He has released several albums on various labels such as Shelter Press, Black Truffle, Editions Mego, Senufo Editions, etc. While his own music has been played in renowned venues and festivals all over the world, François J. Bonnet has been working closely with groundbreaking composer and electronic music pioneer Eliane Radigue, and has been performing regularly her electronic music in concert.
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