Denis Dufour (b. 9 October 1953, Lyon) is recognized as a composer in the field of instrumental as well as electronic creation for concert with more than 180 works to his credit. As one of the pioneers of the ‘morphological’ and expressive approach to sonic writing, his works employ a wide spectrum of parameters in all sonic dimensions. Following Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, he contributed to the emergence of a genre that decisively connects artists and musicians.
The exploration of new structures of sound, the fluidity of a ‘Baroque’ style of phrasing, the mobility of his figures, and his love of the human voice and of certain dramatic narrative effects have fostered the emergence of a new kind of theatrical sound in his work, over and beyond his strictly musical discourse.
An organizer and artistic director of several events dedicated to contemporary creation (the series).
Acore in Lyons, Syntax in Perpignan, Musiques à Réaction in Paris, Futura Festival in Drôme), he also founded several structures, collectives and instrumental formations that continue to irrigate the musical life in France and abroad (Motus, Futura, Syntax, TM+, Ensemble Linea, Les Temps modernes…). Through the exchange of experiences between artists of various fixed medium disciplines (musicians, visual artists, photographers…), he welcomed a trans-disciplinary public seen at the Futura Festival in Drôme every summer since 1993. Since the early 2000s (decade), Dufour actively participated in the encouragement and development of acousmatic art in Japan.
Through Motus in 1996, he initiated two of the most important acousmoniums performing regularly in France and in Europe.
Several annual interventions, particularly the invitation to the Palais
de Tokyo have contributed to the reputation of Motus in the world
of contemporary art.
A composer of a variety of instrumental, vocal or acousmatic works he has always been deeply involved in the transgression of genres, plunging his experiences in the field of dance, video, mixed works (combining instrument and fixed audio media), the musical theatre, radio art – Hörspiel, installations and sound environments. A large number of his works use texts for which he collaborated with Michel Vincent, Jean-Christophe Thomas, Dominique Dubreuil, Marc Jaffeux and especially Thomas Brando with whom he has worked very closely on several compositions. His works are published by Maison Ona. https://www.denisdufour.fr/
Chanson de la plus haute tour, Denis Dufour (2000), 72:00 excerpt.
Op. 110 Song from the Highest Tower: Des millions de signes
Denis Dufour · Bernadette Mangin · Pierre Henry · Denis Dufour