The MUSE-IC project: when composition meets science

The MUSE-IC project:

The MUSE-IC project is an inter-disciplinary project between science and music. It aims to create original musical pieces inspired by recent scientific discoveries and composed by professional artists.

Researchers from all over the world have already provided us original sources of inspirations coming from their cutting-edge research. The scientific committee of the MUSE-IC project have selected 15 attractive scientific discoveries from different fields (astrophysics, to biophysics, cell biology, developmental biology, translational cancer research …).

We are launching a call for 3 to 5 composers motivated to participate in our project by creating a piece of music inspired by one of our selected scientific discoveries. Composers will have the opportunity to interact with the researchers involved in the scientific work they chose through lab visits and discussions.

The compositions will be around 10 minutes long and written for up to 8 instruments (piano, string quartet, clarinet, harp, percussion). The compositions will be performed by professional musicians at a concert in Paris in 2019 at the Cité de la Musique. The first part of the concert will be dedicated to 3 to 5 emerging composers and the second part will be dedicated to an established guest of honor composer. Composers will be paid a commission fee (2500 euros). Composers will be invited to the final concert in Paris (travel expenses reimbursed by the project).

The MUSE-IC project is conducted by the Institut Curie, coordinated by Judith Miné-Hattab in partnership with the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSM). The project is founded by PSL University (Paris Sciences and Letters University).

How to apply:
If you are interested in applying, please, send a request to
to receive the scientific subjects selected for the MUSE-IC project.

To apply, send

• Your CV and full list of previous compositions
• Music scores and recording of 3 of your compositions
• Letter of motivation to participate to the MUSE-IC project (1 page).
• 1 to 3 scientific subjects from the list provided that you propose to use as inspiration for your composition.

to and

Deadline: December 30th 2017
For more assistance, please contact:

Calendar of the project
April - September 2017: Call for researchers and selection of attractive scientific projects.
October - December 2017: Call for composers and selection of 3 to 5 composers.
February 2018 - October 2018: Time dedicated for composition.
January 2019 - February 2019: World premiere concert of the compositions in Paris (Cité de la Musique).

List of scientific subjects proposed:
Astrophysics :
Gravitational waves: the sound of the Universe
Enrico Barausse et al, Institut d’Atrophysique de Paris, France

The first vibrations of the Universe and the quest for the first galaxy clusters
Hervé Doyle et al, Institut d’Astrophysique Spaciale, Université Paris-Saclay, France

The transit of an extremely eccentric planet, HD 80606b
Emmanuel Rollinde et al, Institut d’Atrophysique de Paris, France

A quest for sources of ultra-high energy cosmic rays
Kumiko Kotera et al, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, France

Physics :
Daniel Beysens , ESPCI, Paris France

How to Control a Random Laser
Patrick Sebbah, Institut Langevin, France

Biophysics :
A molecular pas de deux at the rhythm of sound in our ears
Thomas Risler et al, Institut Curie, Paris, France

The periodic and dynamic structure of chromatin
Kirty Prakash et al, Institut of Molecular Biology, Mainz, Germany

Building molecular springs for chromosome segregation
Kerry Bloom et al, University of North Carolina, USA

The loop extrusion model
Leonid Mirny et al, MIT, Boston, USA

DNA break : a multi-scale dance
Judith Miné-Hattab et al, Columbia University, New York, USA

Cell biology:
The crucial hours that shape you
Carmina Perez-Romero, Nathalie Dostatni, Institut Curie, Paris France

When our cells sleep : quiescence et renaissance
Angela Taddei et al, Institut Curie, Paris, France

Morphogenesis and cell division
Olga Markova et al, Institut Curie, Paris France

Role of the cellular architecture in cancer devloppment
Kristine Schauer et al, Institut Curie, Paris, France

Translational research :
Boost cancer treatments with tricks: the DBAIT story, from research to patient’s bed
Marie Dutreix et al, Institut Curie, Orsay, France

Continuous electrical neuromodulation of internal globus Pallidus in treatment of
abnormal movements in children
Philippe Coubes et al, CHU of Montpellier, France

The MUSE-IC project organizers:
Judith Miné-Hattab: Coordinator of the project, Institut Curie/ CNRS, Paris
Garance Alberman: Music professor, artistic coordinator, Paris
Nicolas Rouvière: Composition and orchestration department, CNSM Paris
Assaff Weisman: Evening Division Piano Faculty, The Juilliard School, New York
Executive Director & Pianist, Israeli Chamber Project

Scientific committee:
Judith Miné-Hattab: Biophysicist, Institut Curie/CNRS, Paris
Guille Orsi: Biologist, Institut Curie/INSERM, PSL University, Paris
Peter Thorpe: Biologist, The Francis Crick Institute, London
Philippe Miné: Physicist, Ecole Polytechnique/CNRS, University Paris Saclay
Ignacio Izeddin: Physicist, Institut Langevin, PSL University, Paris

30 Dec 2017