Nicolas Donin


I am a musicologist specialising in the history, creative process, and aesthetics of 20th and 21st century music. Recent research focuses on the collective aspects of the creative process, drawing on genetic criticism as well as ethnography. My early work focused on the history of attentive listening in the wake of Wagnerism, as well as the historiography and epistemology of music analysis.

I lead the Analysis of Musical Practices research group at IRCAM and regularly teach and supervise MA and doctoral theses at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. I was Principal Investigator of two collaborative research projects funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche: MuTeC [Musicology of Contemporary Compositional Processes], 2009-2011, and GEMME [Musical Gesture: Models and Experiments], 2012-2016. In 2011, I established the Tracking the Creative Process in Music conference, which takes place every two years in a different country/institution.

I have authored and co-authored over 70 articles, as well as multimedia listening guides and documentary films. I have (co-)edited 18 books and journal issues, and am editor-in-chief of a book series devoted to contemporary musics.

Email : Nicolas.Donin (at)


On Berio, Holliger, and the Genesis of Sequenza VII [TCPM'2015]

Sonic Imprints [2018, in French]

Composing (with) time [2011, in French]