Olivier Pasquet

Olivier Pasquet.

Olivier Pasquet

Olivier Pasquet

Guest Lecturer, MUS 611 Computer Music Composition


Composition, Computer Music

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Olivier Pasquet is a composer, music producer and visual artist. His work is based on the writing of audio visual compositions and synesthesia. His generative pieces, both minimalistic and maximalistic, are contextualized within a rationalist theory-fiction universe. This world can be explored both by singular pieces and an overall artistic path. The formal and plastic value gives it strong links with architecture, geometry and algorithmic design. His compositions are then sound-based, visual and material. Olivier Pasquet first practices music writing on his own. After composition studies in Cambridge with Richard Hoadley, lectures with Trevor Wishart and Iannis Xenakis, he works in several popular music studios and does a short visit at INA-GRM. He got his PhD in musical composition and non-standard architecture at the Huddersfield University with Pierre Alexandre Tremblay. He orientates his work toward staged, contemporary music and media art. Mostly at IRCAM-Centre Pompidou for 18 years, he collaborates with a wide variety of other artists. He confronts his sound works with reality thru performance art; dance, opera, music and contemporary theatre. His pieces also materialize themselves under the form of plastic installations and purely electronic music pieces. They are played, sometimes danced, in concert halls, galleries or clubs. For instance, Olivier Pasquet teaches interactive arts and computational design at l’Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs from 2006 and 2009, theater-music at Théâtre National de Strasbourg between 2007 and 2008 etc. He received several prices and residencies such as Villa Médicis hors-les-murs, two residencies at Tokyo Wonder Site, Arcadi, residencies both in Chili and Taiwan. Since 2009, he is invited researcher at Tokyo University with Philippe Codognet, Keio and Buffalo with David Felder. He also works at Sony CSL and is consultant at Ableton. In 2017, he received the Creative Art Initiative funding for Frank Lloyd Wright and Toshiko Mori’s buildings. Besides his productions, he also works a little at the National Taiwan University of the Arts and will be invited professor at the Hochschule der Künste Bern from September 2018.