ODC 2023 // Before the sound: memory and the creative process

Geplaatst op 10 Oct 2023

The Orpheus Doctoral Conference (ODC) is a yearly event organised by docARTES PhD students. This year's ODC focusses on the theme "memory and the creative process". It investigates various forms of memory and techniques associated with it within artistic creation.


Collecting and recollecting, ordering and disordering, suppressing and uncovering memories are essential strategies for musicians and other creative practitioners. Memory is both a tool towards the final creation and a result of it. Its role in the creative process is a crucial element of current explorations of memory artistically, academically and educationally.

Focusing on the relationship between memory and the creative process, this conference will explore discussions of different aspects of memory. These include but are not limited to muscle, experiential, informational, artificial, collective and cultural memory.

Some questions that have inspired this conference are:

  • What strategies for memorisation and recollection have musicians used historically and what strategies do they use today in their creative process?
  • How do musicians use artificial or prosthetic memory?
  • Can collective or ensemble memory be used creatively?
  • How has the act of memorising itself been used as part of creative practice?
  • How does cultural memory operate within the creative process?
  • How do creative practitioners use memory across multiple artistic projects?

Guest speakers

DAY 1 Thursday April 20, 2023

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00 Welcome address

  • Luk Vaes (Orpheus Instituut)
  • Vera Plosila (docARTES)

10:00 - 11:00 Session 1a Cultural Memory (chair: Maya Fridman)

  • Majid Sarnayzadeh: Collective Sound and Gesture Memory
  • Stephan Meidell: Sound-Currents

11:00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:30 Session 1b Memory in Performance (chair: Vera Plosila)

  • Aaron M. Frison: To What Do We Owe This Pleasure?
  • Arja Kastinen: Past in Present - Subconscious as the Producer of Musical Improvisation

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 KEYNOTE Karl Kügle (chair: Chiara Percivati): Shifting Ontologies of Sound and Sight: The Act of Reading as Envoicement, Transduction, Resonance, and Re-Materializing Memory in Pre-modern Europe and Today

15:00 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 16:30 Session 2 Memory in the Now (chair: Francesca Ajossa)

  • Awra Tewolde-Berhan: Collective Authorship as the Remains of Altered States
  • Juan Sebastian Delgado: The Tango Trilogy - Learning from playing: improvisational practices in tango music

18:30 Dinner

DAY 2 Friday April 21, 2023

09:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 11:00 Session 3a Memory in Performance (chair: Harry Buckoke)

  • Agustín Castilla-Ávila: Before the Silence: Memorising for the Inner Voice
  • Rolf Hughes: Unspeakable Dialogues

11:00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:30 Session 3b Cultural Memory (chair: Stijn Saveniers)

  • Stephen Kendall: The Sound After the Sound: Echoes in the Tower
  • Nicholas Cornia: Flemish Archive for Annotated Music - a Presentation

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 KEYNOTE Catherine Motuz: Memory and Musical Expression in the 21st century (chair: Harry Buckoke)

15:00 - 16:00 Session 4 WORKSHOP (chair: Vera Plosila)

  • Isaac Alonso de Molina: Memory and Imagination in Early Music Education

16:00 - 16:30 Sessions 5 CLOSING REMARKS