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.


none Michel Chion - Groupe De Recherches Musicales Cover-Design Groupe De Recherches Musicales Sanctus - Lux Aeterna (as M. Chion) Groupe De Recherches Musicales - Groupe De Recherches Musicales(LP) Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF) none France 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
none Michel Chion - L'Espace Du Son 2002 Cover-Design Various Credo Mambo Various - L'Espace Du Son 2002(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Musiques & Recherches none Belgium 2002 Diese Version verkaufen


92422 Michel Chion - Musique Concrète: Elektroakustische Musik Cover-Design Various Requiem Various - Musique Concrète: Elektroakustische Musik(LP, Comp) Klett Verlag 92422 Germany 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
INA C 1000 Michel Chion - Concert Imaginaire GRM Cover-Design Various La Ronde... L'été... Jardin Jadis Various - Concert Imaginaire GRM(CD, Comp) INA-GRM INA C 1000 France 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
WER 30252, 5/1997 Michel Chion - Klangwelten Cover-Design Various Requiem: Sanctus Various - Klangwelten(CD, Comp) WERGO, Neue Zeitschrift Für Musik WER 30252, 5/1997 Germany 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
L1 Michel Chion - Licences N° 1 Cover-Design Various I. Vif und 2 weitere… Various - Licences N° 1(CD, Comp, Ltd) Licences L1 France 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
IMED 0050 Michel Chion - eXcitations Cover-Design Various Requiem: Dies Iræ Various - eXcitations(CD, Comp) Empreintes DIGITALes IMED 0050 Canada 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
F.T.M. 002 Michel Chion - 50 Ans De Musique Electroacoustique Au Groupe De Recherches Musicales Cover-Design Various La Ronde und 1 weiterer… Various - 50 Ans De Musique Electroacoustique Au Groupe De Recherches Musicales(2xCD, Comp) Fondazione Teatro Massimo, Ina-Grm F.T.M. 002 Italy 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
ISBN 0-9655570-3-0, none Michel Chion - Writing Aloud: The Sonics Of Language Cover-Design Various Gloria Various - Writing Aloud: The Sonics Of Language(CD, Album, Comp) Errant Bodies Press, Ground Fault Recordings ISBN 0-9655570-3-0, none US 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
Michel Chion - An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music / Third A-Chronology 1952-2004 Cover-Design Various Requiem: Dies Irae Various - An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music / Third A-Chronology 1952-2004 (Comp) Sub Rosa Belgium 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
Michel Chion - One Minute For The Stars Cover-Design Various omftStars Various - One Minute For The Stars (Comp) SEM Label France 2011
none Michel Chion - ELEVENELEVEN :: Undomondo Cover-Design Various Lux Aeterna Various - ELEVENELEVEN :: Undomondo(File, MP3, Comp, 224) Alias Frequencies none 2011


Dig it! 03 Michel Chion - Hi Wendy Cover-Design S.Y.D* Requiem Æternam S.Y.D* - Hi Wendy(File, MP3, Mixed) Bruits De Fond Dig it! 03 France 2012
none Michel Chion - WHOAM Mixtape Cover-Design Basic House Dérives, Dérives... Basic House - WHOAM Mixtape(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Eclectic Collective none UK 2013
thrnsmix010 Michel Chion - Thrènes Mix 010 Cover-Design Hysteric Agent Requiem: Dies Irae Hysteric Agent - Thrènes Mix 010(File, MP3, Mixed) Thrènes thrnsmix010 Switzerland 2017