Composition of mixed music, multimedia option

This option deals with composition at the intersection of other media and other disciplines, examining multimedia resources and inter-disciplinarity as creative subjects and concepts.  It makes it possible to explore in more depth and master the fundamental principles of electronic music and interactive media. 

It is aimed at composers, musicians and performers who are investing in digital media, and at inter-disciplinary artists with a passion for music. Comfortable with new technologies, the students work on the basis of a diverse range of influences and methods to create original works that include electronic, electro-acoustic or instrumental composition, in combination with video, the web, performance, and the visual and aural arts. They are interested in the cultural, societal, theoretical, technical and aesthetic issues around music and the new media. They broaden their creative practices and their technical knowledge in order to stimulate artistic innovation. They collaborate with the other departments of the HEM and are regularly in contact with guest artists and professional ensembles.

The level of education on completion of the Master’s is advanced, and includes knowledge in the field of electronic music and interactive media that will enable young graduates to access a range of professional activities in the fields of music, digital arts, dance or theatre.

The field of activity is fairly broad and includes:

  • The composition of electronic and mixed music;
  • The composition of interactive works (images, video, sensors, transducers, web and new media);
  • The development and design of new digital lutes;
  • Interpretation and performance with the new media (new instruments, images, sensors, etc.);
  • The integration of creative processes stemming from new technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Big Data, etc.)
  • The teaching of new technologies associated with music and the new media.
Study plan

Abbreviations :
e = marked exam
p =
attendance (proven attendance compulsory)
rs = internship report
ce = co-assessment
A1, A2, etc. = first, second year, etc. 
S1, S2, etc. = first, second term, etc

Admission criteria

The candidate must present a portfolio comprised of at least four representative works that show the artistic and musical capabilities, together with the use of digital and interactive media.

Study programme

Primary training

The primary training module contains classes aligned with the composer’s primary activity: composition classes, individual monitoring of œuvres, teaching directly associated with the writing or design of electronic, electro-acoustic, multimedia or mixed media œuvres.  

Special training

This module offers future composers the ability to get the most advanced training possible in music theory and in the orchestration of new media, and to become aware of the importance of taking care over their ties with performers, with a view to creating their works. 

Additional training

This module leaves students with a margin for choice, particularly as to the nature of their Master’s project.  It also includes training in electronic and multimedia composition.

Master’s Project

The Master’s project consists of:

  • A written paper setting out some research (potentially with the participation of a university or research centre) on a subject linked to the composition / musical analysis;
  • A presentation during a seminar, analysing a composition or an aspect of a composition from the last forty years;
  • A musical creation wholly (or partially) coordinated by the student.

Departments and associated courses