François Bayle

Friday, January 22 at 11:00am to 12:30pm

The Department of Music will present a Corwin Series Lecture featuring Composer François Bayle on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11 am PST via Zoom. Bayle will speak on his music and influences in a lecture titled “…J’écoute donc je suis…” (...I listen, therefore I am…).

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Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807

Passcode: Corwin


François Bayle was born in 1932 in Tamatave, Madagascar where he lived for 14 years. He studied in Bordeaux from 1946-54. In 1958-60, Bayle joined Pierre Schaeffer’s Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris, and between 1959-62 worked with Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1966, Pierre Schaeffer put him in charge of the GRM which, in 1975, became an integral department of the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA). Bayle maintained this position until 1997. In addition, Bayle created the Acousmonium (1974). He originated the record series Collection Ina-Grm, still organizes concerts and radio broadcasts, and supports the development of technologically advanced musical instruments (Syter – Grm tools – Midi Formers – Acousmographe).

In 1993, he founded the Acousmathèque, a repertoire of some 2000 works composed since 1948, and that also organizes symposiums and composers’ portraits. Upon leaving the Grm in 1997, he created his own studio and the record label Magison. Bayle’s œuvre is notable for its masterly craftsmanship and rhetoric, its agile discourse, and its sophisticated thought. To date, he has composed 99 works. Among others: L’Expérience Acoustique (1972), Camera oscura (1976), Tremblement de terre très doux (1978), Son Vitesse-Lumière (1980-83), Fabulae (1990-91), La main vide (1994-95), Morceaux de ciels (Pieces of heavens) (1996), Jeîta-retour (1985-99), Arc, pour Gérard Grisey (1999), La forme du temps est un cercle (Time’s form is a circle) (1998-2001), La forme de l’esprit est un papillon (The mind’s form is a butterfly) (2001-03), Univers nerveux (2005), and Extra-ordinaire (2005).