music research through dispositif design

This post-scriptum relates my personal reflections on transdiscipinary research led during my PhD thesis and beyond.

I introduce the notion of interactive music dispositif to explicitly consider the scientific and musical norms that may condition human knowledge, actions, and feelings toward interactive systems. I argue that music research can be led through dispositif design, that is, through the technical realization of aesthetically-functioning artifacts
that challenge these cultural norms.

I provide a critical assessment on the scientific and musical norms that may determine interactive music dispositifs, focusing on machine learning as a scientific discipline. I build on three art and design projects led in parallel of the thesis—Paroles d’Exil, Sound Control, & (lutheries)²—to demonstrate how practice can help inject values within interdisciplinary research, thus becoming transdisciplinary.


The project was developed with Frédéric Bevilacqua in collaboration with the ISMM group of IRCAM, in the context of the Sorbonne Université Doctorate in Computer Science.

Post-scriptum in PhD thesis (2020)

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