Michel Chion Former Senior Fellow

Michel Chion
October 2011 - September 2012


After his graduation in Literary and Musical Studies at Paris-Nanterre and at the Conservatories of Versailles and Paris, Michel Chion began to work for the ORTF (French Radio and Television Organization) as an assistant to Pierre Schaeffer in 1970. From 1971 to 1976, he was a member of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales du Service de la Recherche, where he served as programme director for radio broadcasts and publications director. Next to these activities, he composed works of musique concrète at the studios of the GRAM including Requiem and several other concrète melodramas, a dramatic form which he inaugurated in 1972 with Le prisonnier du son (The Prisoner of Sound). From 1981 to 1986, he was editor of the Cahiers du Cinéma. Since 1993, Michel Chion is Associate Professor at the département cinéma at Paris III. He is also Professor at the ESEC and the École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne as well as Honorary Professor of the University in Buenos-Aires.

Dated from 2012

Fields of research

Audio-visual relationships; sound in cinema; voice in cinema; music and cinema; film history; musique concrète, directors such as Jacques Tati, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch.


Les films de science-fiction. Paris: Cahiers du cinéma 2008.
Un art sonore, le cinéma. Paris: Cahiers du cinéma 2003.
Kubrick's cinema odyssey. London: BFI Publishing 2001.
La musique au cinéma. Paris: Fayard 1995.
Musiques, médias, technologie. Paris: Flammarion 1994.
David Lynch. Paris: Cahiers du cinéma 1992.
L'audio-vision (son et image au cinéma). Paris: Nathan-Université 1991.
Le cinéma et ses métiers. Paris: Bordas 1990.
Jacques Tati. Paris: Cahiers du cinema 1987.
Guide des objets sonores. Paris: Ina/Buchet-Chastel 1983.
La voix au cinema. Paris: Éditions de l'Étoile/Cahiers du cinéma 1982.