Miguelángel Clerc Doctoral Degree

On Tuesday 25 November at 13.45 p.m. at the Academiegebouw Leiden, Rapenburg 73, docARTES-PhD candidate Miguelángel Clerc will publicly defend his thesis:

(De)Composing Immersion

On Monday 24 November at 20.30 p.m., a concert with his music will be held at the Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, 2513 CE The Hague, performed by Ensemble Modelo62.

On Tuesday 25 November he will give a lecture at the Royal Conservatoire, Juliana Van Stolberglaan 1, 2595 CA The Hague at 10.00 a.m.


This dissertation explores various perspectives on the term immersion, and its relation with, and transformation through, a composer’s practice. Immersion is presented as a key term to interconnect diverse aspects of musical practice and music listening with their various phenomenological and ontological implications. Immersion through music is proposed as a transitional experience that exposes and interrelates multiple layers of reality, questioning critically the tendency to think immersion as an experience within a particular or self-contained space (in music, in a book, in a virtual environment, in thoughts, in water, in a music hall, etc.).

My compositions What about Woof? (for five percussionists and video installation), La línea desde el Centro (for twelve guitarists), Eufótica (for six percussionists and tape) and A Bao A Qu (M) (for nine musicians and tape), analyzed and developed through my research trajectory, are the main artistic source to develop the ideas of each chapter of this investigation. The compositional processes described and the reflections about immersion derived from them offer diverse perspectives on the practical and phenomenological aspects of music composition, performance and listening. 


The supervising team consists of:

Prof. Frans de Ruiter - 1st promotor - Leiden University 
Prof. Richard Barrett - 2nd promotor - Instituut voor Sonologie, Koninklijk
Conservatorium Den Haag
Dr. Marcel Cobussen - co-promotor - Leiden University


Last Modified: 14-11-2014