Ecoute élargie – «Leere Stimmen» und «objets sonores» in der Musik nach 1945

This project is dedicated to two hitherto neglected phenomena in music since 1945: the empty voice and the objet sonore. Both practices question the structure-oriented concept of the work.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Intersection of Contemporary Music
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.12.2015 - 30.04.2019
  • Project management Roman Brotbeck
  • Head of project Roman Brotbeck
  • Project staff Gaudenz Badrutt
    Dorothea Schürch
    Michael Harenberg
    Britta Sweers
  • Partner Freie Universität Berlin, Sonderforschungsbereich 626
    Graduiertenkolleg InterArt Berlin
    IRCAM Paris
    Universität Bern, Institut für Musikwissenschaft
    Universität Siegen, AG Auditive Kultur und Sound Studies


Often there is no conventional score; much is improvised or tried out in practice. With the concept of «écoute élargie» coined here, we aim to include semiotic, extra-musical connotations. We shall investigate how music history after 1945 changes when it is viewed from this perspective. This is a particularly delicate issue because even a structure-oriented composer such as Karlheinz Stockhausen worked with empty voices and objets sonores in order to create new possibilities for expression. So above and beyond this, we aim to consider how such approaches alter when viewed from the perspective of the «écoute élargie»-