Science Museum London Residency

Museums of the New Age (2016)

Science Museum’s first Composer in Resident Jean-Philippe Calvin will be creating, exploring, combining and channelling different elements of Science Museum’s rich collections of electronic music instruments and the sound-samples of early sound-measurement instruments combined with the British Film Institute’s (BFI) collection of early and experimental science-based documentary/silent films to create and perform a new audio/visual work.

Using Charles T Gwynne’s 1927 silent film ‘Museums of the New Age’, made in four different countries (Science Museum London; Technical Museum Vienna; Conservatoire Nationale Paris; and Deutsches Museum Munich) as a base, Calvin’s new work will interrelate sound and vision in a performance situation with equal weight by increasing the aesthetic capacity of sound effects by emancipating them from strictly narrative functions. The project will draw inspiration from research into the first decade of sound-on-film practice, as researched by Dr Tim Boon, composer’s host at the Museum.

The principal outcomes of Jean-Philippe Calvin’s residency will be a series of new artistic creations, concerts, seminars, a study day and a workshop (joined by the Science Museum’s Research Team) which, supported by his primary research in the Museum’s collections, will disseminate knowledge and appreciation among a new audience of students, artists, film makers, musicians and members of the general public.

The performances will take place in London, Manchester, Paris and Vienna in autumn – winter 2016.

By Science Museum London



October 2016: KING’S PLACE, London 

The Continuum Ensemble will perform three concerts in London of recent music from French composers. The programmes include ensemble, solo and vocal music centred around major works by Pascal Dusapin, Georges Aperghis, Philippe Hurel, Jean Louis Agobet, Yves Prin and Eric Tanguy. Also featured will be an electro-acoustic programme curated by Lore Lixenberg, soprano, featuring works by Denis Dufour, Frederic Acquaviva and Jean Philippe Calvin, all with world premieres. 

By the French Institute London