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New Book Chapter publication

01 February 2018


Oxford University Press : ISBN-13: 9780199355914

Distributed Creativity: Collaboration and Improvisation in Contemporary Music explores the different ways in which collaboration and improvisation enable and constrain creative processes. 

Chapter 9. by Jean-Philippe Calvin & Mark Doffman

Contemporary Music in Action: performer-composer collaboration within the conservatoire. This chapter looks at collaborative work between composers and performers in an educational setting, and using the case study of a postgraduate programme at the Royal College of Music in London, it explores the values and meanings attached to creative collaboration for students preparing to enter the world of work. The study showed how students found this sort of collaborative work to be potentially career-enhancing and creatively fulfilling. The study also found however that composer–performer roles were demarcated strongly enough to constrain the degree of collaboration and learning to satisfy all the participants. The chapter concludes with questions about the degree to which such programmes challenge the assumptions and roles of performers and composers. How do conservatoires both prepare students for the world of work and provide models that might challenge that world?

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New soundtrack by Jean-Philippe calvin

22 October 2017, 14.00, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow

British Scientists: UK programme at the Festival of Movies about Science and Technology 360°

The film, which first screened in 1928, features a new musical score by French composer Jean-Philippe Calvin, written while he was composer in residence at the Science Museum in 2016. In a behind the scenes look at some of Europe’s largest museums, we see the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Arts and Trades in Paris, the German Museum in Munich and the Museum of Technology in Vienna as ideals to be emulated. But how much would we model our museums on them today?



(First Hong Kong Performance)

22 October 2017 - 16.00
Hong Kong Academy Theatre | 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung

VIVA! Pipers Woodwind Quintet

Flute: Venus Chu
Clarinet: Rita Au
Oboe: Rachel Wong
Bassoon: Leung Tak-Wing
French Horn: Edith Tam




05 October 2017 - 19.00

The British Library | 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Quadrophonic installation: Composed for the "LISTEN: 140 Years of Recorded Sound" Exhibition opening at the British Library.

In exhibition display (stereo version) until 13 May 2017
Upper Ground Gallery


Inspired by the environmental sounds of the British Library the piece hybridises continuous and unedited recordings of particular subterranean places in the Library and their technological resonances (e.g. automatic crate conveyor system, machinery, Piccadilly line train) with a selection of sound samples from the actual exhibition from 1889 to 2016 in a spatial sonicscape.

Chapter Contribution

Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research

Edited by Keri Facer & Kate Pahl

Chapter Four: Socialising Heritage / Socialising Legacy

How should heritage decisions be made?

UK Publication: April 2017

Policy Press, University of Bristol (ISBN: 978-1447331629)

USA Publication: June 2017

The University of Chicago Press Books (ISBN: 9781447331629)

Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research addresses this key challenge head-on. With a particular focus on research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, contributors draw on nine contemporary case studies from fields as diverse as cultural anthropology and international development to explore the tensions that surround the evaluation and assessment of research both generally and in the context of more recent discussions of collaborative research. 

Museums of the New Age - Manchester Science Festival Performance

Original Soundtrack Composed by Jean-Philippe Calvin

Live Musical Performance - Conducted by the composer

28 October 2016 - 19.00

Museum of Science and Industry

Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

Booking Required:

Museums of the New Age: Travel back in time to an era where image was everything and the sound of silence prevailed.  Museums of the New Age fuses rare silent film footage with a specially created score by acclaimed composer Jean-Philippe Calvin, performed live at the Museum of Science and Industry. The footage was last seen in 1928 and goes behind the scenes at four of Europe’s most prestigious science museums in London, Paris, Munich and Vienna. Highlights of the 30-minute film include exhibition building 1920s style, a sneak peek into staff offices and a time lapsed construction sequence of London’s Science Museum.


Original Soundtrack Composed by Jean-Philippe Calvin

Live Musical Performance - Conducted by the composer

02 October 2016 - 18.30

Science Museum - Exhibition Road, London

Book here : Museums of the New Age Ticket (free event but booking required)

On Sunday 2nd October, the Science Museum hosts the first public performance of a new musical score performed live accompanying a remarkable film showing the major science museums of Europe as they were in the 1920s. To bring the film to today’s audiences, we have commissioned a new score from the Science Museum’s first Composer in Residence, Jean-Philippe Calvin. The new music brings alive the film’s fascinating sequences that reveal the architecture, displays and individual facilities of the museums, from famous objects to interactive exhibits, and from workshop technicians to directors.

Supported by the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grant

There will also be the opportunity to experience the performance at the: Manchester Science Festival on 28th October



Acoustics on Display: Exhibiting Museums' Sound Collections and History

19 July 2016 - 16.00

Workshop Session:  Jean-Philippe Calvin & Tim Boon 

'Writing the Score for the film Museums of the New Age'

165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD


20 May 2016

Kings Place London



14 May 2016 - 16.00 (Newton, Massachusetts USA)

Sechs Bagatellen | György Ligeti (1923-2006)

Quintet op.52 | Theodor Blumer (1881-1664)

Kleztet | Jean-Philippe Calvin (1974)

Quintette No. 2 | Jean Francaix (1912-1997)

Quintet Op.2 No.3 | Henri Brod (1799-1839)

Science Museum London - DANA Research Centre & Library Inaugural Lecture

31 March 2016 - 14.00

Museums of the New Age - Music, Technology and Science

by Prof Jean-Philippe Calvin

Dana Research Centre and Library - Science Museum

165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD