Michel Chion  

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Michel Chion born in 1947 in Creil, France, is a composer of experimental music. He teaches at several institutions within France and currently holds the post as Associate Professor at the Université de Paris where he is a theoretician and teacher of audio-visual relationships.


After studying literature and music he began to work for the ORTF (French Radio and Television Organisation) Service de La recherche as assistant to Pierre Schaeffer in 1970. He was a member of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) between 1971 - 1976. His compositional pieces elaborate on schaeffarian theories and methodologies which Schaeffer referred to as musique concrète.

He has also written a number of books as well as essays expounding his theories of the interaction between sound and image within the medium of film.


  • 1982. (With Norbert Dufourcq and Marcelle Benoit). La musique électroacoustique . Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. ISBN 2130372627
  • 1984. La voix au cinéma. [N.p.]: Cahiers du Cinema Livres. ISBN 2866420047
  • 1983. Guide des objets sonores: Pierre Schaeffer et la recherche musicale . Bibliothèque de recherche musicale. [N.p.]: Buchet Chastel. ISBN 2702014399
  • 1985. Le son au cinéma. New, revised and corrected edition. [N.p.]: Cahiers du Cinema Livres. ISBN 2866420233
  • 1987. Jacques Tati. Collection "Auteurs". [N.p.]: Cahiers du Cinema. ISBN 2866420586
  • 1994. Musiques, Médias, Technologie
  • 1994. La symphonie à l'époque romantique. Les chemins de la musique. Paris: Fayard. ISBN 2213592713
  • 1995. La musique au cinéma. Les chemins de la musique. Paris: Fayard. ISBN 221359466X
  • 2001. David Lynch. New, enlarged edition. Collection "Auteurs". [N.p.]: Cahiers du Cinema Livres. ISBN 2866423194
  • 2002. Technique et création au cinéma
  • 2005. Stanley Kubrick : L'humain, ni plus ni moins. Collection "Auteurs". [N.p.]: Cahiers du Cinema Livres. ISBN 2866423925
  • 2005. Le son. [N.p.]: Armand Colin. ISBN 2200341032
  • 2005. L´Audio-Vision. Son et image au cinéma. [N.p.]: Nathan. ISBN 2091907049 English edition, edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman, as Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994) ISBN 0-231-07899-6
  • 2008. Andrei tarkovski. [N.p.]: Cahiers du Cinema Livres. ISBN 2866425030


About Michel Chion : Lionel Marchetti, La musique concrète de Michel Chion, essay - Metamkine 1998 http://www.metamkine.com/

List of Works

  • 24 préludes à la vie (1989-91)
  • Crayonnés ferroviaires (1992)
  • Credo Mambo (1992)
  • Dix-sept minutes (2000)
  • L'été (1982)
  • Gloria (1994)
  • Hymne de l'enfant à son réveil (1997)
  • L'isle sonante (1998, 2005)
  • La machine à passer le temps (1972)
  • La Messe de terre (1996, 2003)
  • Nuit noire (1979-85)
  • On n'arrête pas le regret (1975)
  • Le prisonnier du son (1972-91)
  • Requiem (1973)
  • La Ronde (1982)
  • La roue (1972-85)
  • Sambas pour un jour de pluie (1985)
  • Sonate (1990)
  • Suite volatile (1984)
  • La Tentation de saint Antoine (1984)
  • Tu (1977, 96)
  • Une symphonie concrète (2006-)
  • Variations (1990)

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