“To Create a Sensation of Continuum”


In a conversation with E. Kouprovskaia, the French composer Philippe Leroux recalls his work at the IRCAM, and the creative spirit that reigns there. The composer also talks about the process of composing music, which he interprets as a preliminary “vision” of the sound stream and giving it an energetic, or morphological, logic, and explains his increased interest in letters as the conceptual basis of musical composition. Leroux shares his experience of teaching composition and expresses his optimism about the social position of a composer in France.


Philippe Leroux, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, IRCAM, spectral technique, quarter-tone temperament