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Frédéric Dufeu is Senior Research Fellow in Music and Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield. He is currently working on the IRiMaS project (Interactive Research in Music as Sound, 2017-2022) funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and directed by Michael Clarke; his research within IRiMaS is dedicated to the development of software environments for an interactive aural approach to music analysis and, more generally, musicology.

He joined the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at Huddersfield in August 2012, working as Research Assistant on the TaCEM project (Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music, 2012-2015) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and directed by Michael Clarke and Peter Manning (Durham University). He took up his current position as Research Fellow in July 2015 and, before working within IRiMaS, has been pursuing research on and development of innovative software tools for musical creation, sound experimentation, and interactive analysis.

Prior to Huddersfield, Frédéric Dufeu worked as Teaching Assistant in Computer Music and Electroacoustic Music Studio Manager at Université Rennes 2 (France), where he completed a Master’s degree in Arts and Digital Technologies supervised by Bruno Bossis (2007) and a PhD in Music supervised by Antoine Bonnet (2010). He has been qualified to apply for lecturer positions by the French National Council of Universities (CNU), in sections 18 (Arts, 2011) and 22 (History and Civilisations, 2015).

Research Expertise and Interests

Main research areas:

- Musicology, history and analysis of electroacoustic music;

- Creative coding, history and development of digital tools dedicated to music analysis, music performance, experimentation, and composition.

Frédéric Dufeu is a member of the editorial board of Musurgia since 2018, a member of the editorial committee of the Ircam Analyses project since 2017, and a member of the reading committee of the Journal of Creative Music Systems (JCMS) since 2015; he has contributed to the organisation of the Tracking the Creative Process in Music conference (University of Huddersfield, 2017), of Journées d'Informatique Musicale (Université Rennes 2, 2010), and of the Electroacoustic Music Studies network conference (Ina-GRM and Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2008).

He is a reviewer for the French National Research Agency (ANR, in committees CE33 "Interaction, robotics" and CE38 "The Digital Revolution: relationship to knowledge and culture") and is or has been a member of the reading committee of the following conferences: Nova Contemporary Music Meeting (NCMM), Electroacoustic Music Studies network (EMS), International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME), Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity (CSMC), International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR), and Journées d'Informatique Musicale (JIM).

Research Degree Supervision

Currently co-supervising two PhDs:

- Jacob Hart, since September 2018 (as first supervisor at 50% with Owen Green and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay). Provisional title: Understanding the contemporary ear: For a dialogue between aesthetic and poietic analyses in music technology. Completion expected in 2022.

- Cristina Ghirardini, since October 2018 (as third supervisor at 10% with Michael Clarke and Jonathan Stock). Provisional title: Improvised poetry in ottava rima in Central Italy. Completion expected in 2022.

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Projects 2017 2022

FluCoMa: Fluid Corpus Manipulations

Tremblay, P., Green, O., Roma, G., Harker, A., Clarke, J. & Dufeu, F.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Research Output 2008 2019

  • 14 Conference contribution
  • 8 Chapter
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Conference article

The IRiMaS Software: Integrating interactive listening and play into musicological research

Dufeu, F., Takahashi, K., Roebel, A. & Clarke, M., 16 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Computer Music Conference Proceedings . 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article


Interactive Tools for the Study of Electroacoustic Music Composition Methods: Resources for teaching and learning from the TaCEM software

Clarke, M., Dufeu, F. & Manning, P., May 2017, Innovative Tools and Methods for Teaching Music and Signal Processing. Pottier, L. (ed.). Paris: Presses des Mines, p. 27-35 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A permissive graphical patcher for SuperCollider synths

Dufeu, F., Sep 2016, ICMC 2016 - 42nd International Computer Music Conference, Proceedings. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HKU Music and Technology, p. 134-139 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

De l’improvisation collective à son redéploiement électroacoustique

Dufeu, F. & Rabin, J., 2016, L'Improvisation musicale collective. Castanet, P. A. & Otto, P. (eds.). L'Harmattan, p. 151-162 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2019

From Interactive Aural Analysis to IRiMaS:Towards A Digital Toolbox for Music Analysis

Keitaro Takahashi (Speaker), John Clarke (Speaker), Frederic Dufeu (Speaker)
30 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (Event)

Frédéric Dufeu (Member)
11 Jun 201915 Jun 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Nova Contemporary Music Meeting (Event)

Frederic Dufeu (Member)
21 Nov 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

3rd Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity Conference

Frederic Dufeu (Member of programme committee)
20 Aug 201822 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

6th International Workshop on Musical Metacreation

Frederic Dufeu (Member of programme committee)
25 Jun 201826 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...