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2008-2009: Research Assistant, Archiving Graphic Scores

McGill University

Hélène Laurin is studying at the PhD level at McGill in Communication Studies, after having completed her M.Sc. at the Université de Montréal, also in Communication Studies. She is a research assistant for the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project, specifically working on archiving graphic scores. Her research interests include cultural studies, media discourses and the dynamics constitutive of popular music. Her doctoral research concerns the legitimation processes of heavy metal taking place through, and by, rock criticism.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.