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:

  • A temporal framework for electroacoustic music exploration
    A temporal framework for electroacoustic music exploration Dahan, Kevin Many aural analytical methods have been produced for electroacoustic music that focus on the identification of salient morphological features of the sounds. Doing so, they usually overlook the importance of time - a central aspect of music - sometimes by considering it as a simple compositional parameter. Instead, this article proposes a novel theoretical framework for electroacoustic music understanding by putting time and its cognitive representations during perception at the forefront. Two concepts are introduced to propose this alternative approach to electroacoustic music description: temporal directionality, which focuses on the sounds themselves, and temporal distancing, which focuses on the relations between sounds. Throughout the text, several musical examples are given to briefly exemplify how such concepts can be used in an explanatory context. Finally, polychrony is introduced, which aims to describe how electroacoustic composers play with the various cases of temporal directionality and distancing, and, in the process, actually weave time itself. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version.
  • Editorial: Time in Electroacoustic Music
    Editorial: Time in Electroacoustic Music Mountain, Rosemary; Dahan, Kevin This issue addresses the multifaceted topic of time in electroacoustic music. The subject is of course a vast one, as all music is by nature temporal. In Western classical traditions, the various manifestations of time ended up being notated through a plethora of conventions: tempo markings, note durations, bar lines, timbre (expressed through a combination of instrumentation, dynamics, articulation and ornamentation but usually with the finer details supplied by the performer). As a result, the few discussions of temporal properties of music beyond the pitch-centred harmonic/melodic texts were usually subsumed into discussions of metre, rhythm and, sometimes, large-scale formal design.
  • Emergence des dimensions temporelles dans la composition électroacoustique
    Emergence des dimensions temporelles dans la composition électroacoustique Dahan, Kevin

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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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