Professor Kevin Dahan

Job: Professor of Music Sciences

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +441162078769




Personal profile

Kevin Dahan is Professor of Music Sciences at De Montfort University, with a focus on computer music and electroacoustic music analysis. He earned his doctorate in 2005 from Université de Paris 8, under the direction of Horacio Vaggione, on the topic Formal Domains and Representations in the Composition and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music. He has diplomas in classical piano and jazz guitar, as well as harmony, counterpoint, electroacoustic composition, and jazz arrangement – reflecting his need to stay in a constant contact with musical practice. He is currently investigating aspects of music cognition, developing tools for analysis and composition, experimenting with Brain-Computer Interfaces, researching archives of Computer Music, composing, and finishing a book on musical time in relation with technology.

Research group affiliations

MTI2 - Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity, De Montfort University

LISAA (CCAMAN), Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée

Publications and outputs 

Recent publications:

  • Emergence des dimensions temporelles dans la composition électroacoustique
    Emergence des dimensions temporelles dans la composition électroacoustique Dahan, Kevin
  • Reconstruction as preservation strategy
    Reconstruction as preservation strategy Dahan, Kevin Invited article/presentation for workshop "Archiving and Re-Performing Electroacoustic Music"
  • Construire l’impermanence – temps et immutabilité chez Jean-Claude Risset
    Construire l’impermanence – temps et immutabilité chez Jean-Claude Risset Dahan, Kevin In many of Jean-Claude Risset's works – for example in Invisible (1996) and Otro (2011) – there is, beyond the stated esthetical goal or the compositional and technical processes, an erudite reflection on the passage of time, transformation and otherness. Always inscribed in the heart of the mathematical-physical-perception triangle, and drawing on a deep erudition, his works provoke, by playing with the limits of our senses, a questioning on the deep nature of sound and musical construction. In particular, the notion of impermanence - which has come in many of our conversations - appears essential, especially to illuminate the continuum that exists between the instrumental and synthetic writings. We will seek to characterize these principles and then question how Jean-Claude Risset staged the musical time, from the rigorous construction of the timbre by the composer to the unpredictable subjectivity of the listener’s perception.

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Research interests/expertise

  • Computer Music
  • Music Analysis
  • Music Informatics
  • 20th and 21st century Music
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Music and the Brain
  • Digital Arts
  • Jazz

Courses taught

MUST1009 - Digital Cultures

MUST2003 - Ideas in Music and Sonic Arts

MUST2008 - Composing with Technology

MUST3000/3024 - Dissertation/Final Project

MUST3021 - Advance Creative Projects

TECH3010 - Technology Project

Honours and awards

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (USA), 2017-.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (1999-)

International Computer Music Association (2002-)

Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2009-)

Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (2007-)

International Society for the Study of Time (2014-)

Externally funded research grants information

Rediscovering Sounds: investigating the CCRMA archives, British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, 04.2017-03.2019, Principal Investigator.

Internally funded research project information

Research Leave Scheme, 2018/2019.

Listening to timbres, composing with sounds, HEIF, 2016/2017, Principal Investigator.


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