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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.

...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)