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TCPM 2019


International Conference, 5th edition
Lisbon, Portugal
October 9 to 11th, 2019


The TCPM international conference brings together researchers interested in artistic creativity and the study of processes of musical and sound creation, of the past and present. Researchers working on this cluster of problems from a wide variety of disciplines (history, music analysis, psychology, philosophy, cognitive science, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, dance research, sound design, etc.) are invited to assess the different methodologies developed in the last thirty years in their respective areas from an interdisciplinary perspective. Each approach contributes in its own way to the advancement of our understanding of the procedures, techniques, knowledge and know-how employed by musicians involved in creative projects.

Following the epistemological paradigm shifts that musicology underwent at the end of the last century, the notion of ‘creative process’ has been enriched. Sketch studies have extended their scope beyond notated works of art music. Today this field includes all contemporary musical repertories as well as the oral, technological and collaborative dimensions of the creative process in music. There is growing interest, for example, in the function of improvisation and of gesture in the creative process, in the collective and collaborative dimensions of artistic work, in the redefinition of the roles of the composer and the performer, in the art of studio production and in the strategies of documentation, transmission and future performance of works involving technology, etc. The complexity and the multidimensionality of this field of study require new analytical tools and new research methods at the crossroads of analytical musicology, the social science and humanities and other academic disciplines.

This broadening of the field also provides a new context for the study of works and composers from the Western musical canon. Whether based on historical archives or on the collection of empirical data, studies of the creative process in music share many of the same methodological requirements, descriptive vocabulary and models of creative action. This conference therefore aims to be a forum in which the most recent findings from a broad range of research agendas can be presented, discussed, and assembled.

It is within the context of this complex context that we encourage composers, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, performers, teachers, philosophers and other interested researchers, to contribute to proposals covering the whole range of questions involved in this subject. Students, postdoctoral and early-career researchers are particularly encouraged.

Organising Institutions:

CESEM Research Centre: FCSH, NOVA University, Lisbon
INET-md Research Centre: FCSH, NOVA University, Lisbon
IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), Paris