Michel Chion

Michel Chion

Michel Chion was born in 1947 in Creil (France). After literary and musical studies, he began in 1970 to work for the ORTF (French Radio and Television Organization) Service de la recherche, where he was assistant to Pierre Schaeffer at the Paris’ Conservatoire national de musique, producer of broadcasts for the GRAM, and publications director for the Ina-GRM, of which he was a member from 1971 to 1976. It was there that he met Robert Cahen, composer and video artist, and with whom he entered into a long-lasting friendship and collaboration.
Parallel to these activities, he composed musique concrète works in the studios of the GRAM including Requiem (Grand prix du disque 1978) and several concrète melodramas, a dramatic form which he inaugurated in 1972 with Le prisonnier du son (The Prisoner of Sound) and continued with Tu, 1977-85, La tentation de saint Antoine, 1984, and Nuit noire, 1985. Also worthy of mention are La Roue, cycle du quotidien, 1972-85, 24 préludes à la vie (24 Preludes to Life), Variations, and Sonate, 1989-91, Crayonnés ferroviaires, 1992, Credo mambo, 1992 — realized at Musiques & Recherches (Ohain, Belgium) —, Gloria, 1994… all works for which he developed original compositional techniques.
He also works as a theoretician in a new area: the systematic study of audio-visual relationships, which he teaches at several centres (notably at Université de Paris III where he is an Associate Professor), and film schools (ESEC, Paris; DAVI, Lausanne) which has developed in a series of five books. Besides the twenty written publications translated into a dozen languages, he has also written on Pierre Henry, François Bayle, Charlie Chaplin, Jacques Tati, David Lynch, diverse subjects on music and film; he has published in French and international journals, and has contributed to numerous dictionaries and encyclopedias. He has also commenced work in film direction and production with the short film Éponine (Prix Jean-Vigo, prizes in Clermont-Ferrand, and in Montréal). Most recently in 1995, he has begun an audio-visual piece entitled Messe de terre at the CICV Pierre Schaeffer in Montbéliard (France).
After having dedicated his Guide des objets sonores to the ideas of Schaeffer, he continued with Le promeneur écoutant, essais d’acoulogie, (Plume, éditeur, 1993), and finally with Musique, médias, technologies (Flammarion), a theory of sound based on language. In 1991 he published, with the support of Jérôme Noetinger, L’art des sons fixés in which he proposes, in order to properly designate this music, the return to the term ‘musique concrète’ in its initial non-causal sense. His redefinition insists upon the effects particular to the fixation of sound, a term which he proposes in place of recording.


Michel Chion Discography Tracks


Michel Chion Requiem (Album) INA-GRM France 1978 Sell This Version
Michel Chion La Ronde INA-GRM France 1983 Sell This Version
ina c 2002, ina c 2003 Michel Chion La Tentation De Saint-Antoine / La Ronde(2xCD) INA-GRM, INA-GRM ina c 2002, ina c 2003 France 1991 Sell This Version
IMED 9523 Michel Chion Préludes À La Vie(CD) Empreintes DIGITALes IMED 9523 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
ina e 5005, 245 802 Michel Chion On N'Arrête Pas Le Regret(CD, Album) INA-GRM, Musidisc ina e 5005, 245 802 France 1996 Sell This Version
Fringes Archive 03 Michel Chion | Lionel Marchetti | Jérôme Noetinger Michel Chion | Lionel Marchetti | Jérôme Noetinger - Les 120 Jours(2xCD) Fringes Recordings Fringes Archive 03 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
Brocoli 002 Michel Chion Tu(CD) Brocoli Brocoli 002 France 2006 Sell This Version
NUUN 1 Michel Chion Diktat(2xCD) Nuun Records NUUN 1 France 2010 Sell This Version
NUUN 7 Michel Chion La Tentation De Saint Antoine(2xCD, RE) Nuun Records NUUN 7 France 2011 Sell This Version
Brocoli 009 Michel Chion La Vie En Prose - Une Symphonie Concrète(2xCD) Brocoli Brocoli 009 France 2011 Sell This Version
Brocoli 016 Michel Chion Musiques Concrètes 1970-71(CD, Album) Brocoli Brocoli 016 France 2014 Sell This Version
1544 Michel Chion / Lionel Marchetti / Jérôme Noetinger Michel Chion / Lionel Marchetti / Jérôme Noetinger - Filarium(2xCD, Album) Vand'Oeuvre 1544 France 2016 Sell This Version
Brocoli 019 Michel Chion Musiques Concrètes 1988-91(CD, Album) Brocoli Brocoli 019 France 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MKCD004, MKCD 004 Michel Chion Credo Mambo(CD, Mini) Metamkine, Metamkine MKCD004, MKCD 004 France 1992 Sell This Version
MKCD015, MKCD 015 Michel Chion Gloria(CD, Mini) Metamkine, Metamkine MKCD015, MKCD 015 France 1995 Sell This Version
MKCD032 Michel Chion Dix-Sept Minutes(CD, Mini) Metamkine MKCD032 France 2002 Sell This Version


MCE 001, none Michel Chion L'Opéra Concret: Musiques Concrètes 1971-1997(CD, Album, Comp) MCE, INA-GRM MCE 001, none France 1998 Sell This Version


M614001 Michel Chion La Messe De Terre(DVD-V, PAL) Motus M614001 France 2014 Sell This Version