Philosophy and Music study days
Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 June 2023 - La Beaudélie

Making sounds our own // Seventh Watchtower Encounters

Musical affinities

It may seem to any musician that there is a mismatch between the words of philosophy and the experience that links him to what constitutes his Umwelt: performers, listeners, peers or models. In my practice as a composer, a close association with the life sciences, whose distance from logic and language often baffled the philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries, has brought to my attention more operative models, even at the risk of a certain relativism, where reproduction and metabolization place the musical bond under the regime of variability and affinities. From Goethe to Jean-Jacques Kupiec, via Walter Benjamin, we will attempt to put to the test a relational edifice freed from a logic of institution, in favor of a mechanism of mutual evolution considering without hierarchy individuals and works, the living and the technical.


  • Jean-Marc Chouvel (IReMus – Sorbonne University)
  • Julian Labia (Paris-Sorbonne University)
  • Camille Lienhard (University of Strasbourg)
  • Roula Safar (mezzo-soprano)
  • Lætitia Petit (Prisme – University of Aix-Marseille)
  • Antonia Soulez (University of Paris 8)
  • Charles David Wajnberg (composer)
  • Wendi Xiao (IReMus – Sorbonne University)