Patrick Ascione

A French composer born October 23, 1953 in Paris who died November 21, 2014.

It was with the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges, where he trained for three years (1977-1979), that Patrick Ascione created his first compositions, immediately attracting attention to his work. This was recognition for a young composer who was just starting the computer music course at Ircam, having distinguished himself at the Bourges International Competition for electro-acoustic music with a piece already representative of a complicity he was at this time effecting between painting and acousmatic music. Through works such as Métamorphose d'un jaune citronBleus et formes and Polyphonie-Polychrome, Ascione championed a concept in which acousmatic art proved itself to be above all an art for the support and fixing of matter, thus becoming closer to the pictorial than to the musical.

From the mid 1980s he promoted the idea of ‘spatial polyphony’, realising the necessity of improving the clarity of works in a concert through the adoption and development of a principle of multi-track composition that facilitated a better evaluation of the plasticity of the above-mentioned works (Espaces-Paradoxes). Apart from composition and research, concerning which he is in frequent demand, and responding to many commissions from the French state and from the main French centres of musical creation (where he has had several residences), Patrick Ascione has also, since 2004, devoted himself to teaching.