The Musician as Listener

Venue: Ghent

Location: Ghent, Belgium

Event Date/Time: May 22, 2008 End Date/Time: May 23, 2008
Registration Date: May 08, 2008
Early Registration Date: Mar 01, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 01, 2008
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Seminar on The Musician as Listener
22-23 May, 2008
Ghent, Belgium


The aim of the seminar is to present, discuss and disseminate new
research relating to music listening, from the musician’s point of
view. Experience has shown that how musicians listen to music often
differs in important ways from how even knowledgeable non-musicians
listen. These findings have important implications for artistic
research in music, and it is the aim of this seminar to explore some
of these and consider their implications for a variety of artistic
research issues. Along the way the seminar will reflect on the impact
of these findings in relation to the use and effectiveness of specific
tools within artistic research. In general, the seminar aims to
contribute to and reinforce the growing field of artistic research in

The seminar will be relevant for musicians and graduate students
working in all areas of research linked to musical practice.

Themes relating to all aspects of the seminar topic are welcome.
Particular themes covered could include:
- How does your personal listening history influence your performances
or compositions?
- How do you (learn to) listen to yourself while performing?
- What do you, as a performer, composer or pedagogue, listen for in

In addition, questions may be discussed that deal with conducting
artistic research itself, in particular the way one’s personal
listening experience and mode of listening may affect one’s research.

Practitioners from all music disciplines are invited to submit
proposals for presentations. Proposals should consist of 300-400 words
and provide a brief account of the project’s rationale, method of
investigation and findings. In addition, proposals should include the
title of the presentation, names and institutional affiliations of
each author, short curriculum vitae, contact information and required
technical support. Please indicate whether your presentation includes
live music. Presentations will be allocated 30 minutes, this includes
10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Deadline for proposals is March 1, 2008. Notification of acceptance
will be made by 13 March 2008. Proposals should be sent to:

The seminar takes place at the Orpheus Instituut Ghent, Belgium. It
starts on Thursday 22 May 2008 12h, and closes on Friday 23 May 2008

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Cornelius De Bondt (Royal
Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands) and Eric Clarke (Oxford
University, UK)

Registration Information and Accommodation
Registration fee: €50 (presenters do not pay any fee)
Full-time Students: €25

Please transfer the Seminar fee before 1 May 2008 to:
Address Bank:
Kouter 175
B-9000 Gent
Account number: 734-3341722–81
IBAN: BE36 734 - 3341722 – 81

The fee includes Thursday seminar dinner, Friday lunch,
morning and afternoon teas and a seminar satchel.

Participants should arrange their own accommodation. The city of Ghent
provides an excellent website when searching for a place to stay:
For information and advice you may contact Joyce Desmet at:

Organizing Committee
Hubert Eiholzer, Hendrik Vanden Abeele and Joost Vanmaele
Orpheus Research Centre in Music (ORCiM)
Orpheus Instituut
Korte Meer 12
B-9000 Ghent
+32 9 330 40 81

Orpheus Instituut has been providing postgraduate education for
musicians since 1996 and introduced a doctoral programme for
performers and composers in 2004. It acts as a forum where musicians
can expand their artistic training by conducting practice-based
research. The Orpheus Instituut is respected as an artistic research
centre where musicians can take on the artistic and social challenges
of the future.

Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM]
ORCiM was founded in 2007 by the Orpheus Instituut. ORCiM contemplates
the grounds for artistic research, develops and implements new tools
for artistic research and generates new research on specific topics in
musical practice. The aim of ORCiM is to provide musicians
investigating questions of artistic relevance with an appropriate
research environment and to promote the kind of research that enhances
the art of music making and our understanding of it.