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Diogo Alvim


Diogo Alvim


Diogo Alvim is a composer of instrumental and electroacoustic music. He studied architecture and composition in Lisbon, and completed a PhD in Composition/ Sonic Arts at the Sonic Arts Research Center, Queen’s University Belfast, with funding from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science. His research, “Music through Architecture: Contributions to an Expanded Practice in Composition”, was supervised by Pedro Rebelo and Paul Wilson. He studied with composers Eurico Carrapatoso, Fumiko Miyachi, Sérgio Azevedo, João Madureira, Luís Tinoco, Carlos Caires, and António Pinho Vargas. He also attended the Gulbenkian Composition Seminars with Emmanuel Nunes. From 2004 to 2006 he lived and worked in London as an architect at Allies and Morrison Architects where he collaborated in several projects including the conversion of the Arsenal Football stadium into housing, and the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall. He has been presenting his work (both electronic and instrumental) in several events, of which: Gulbenkian Orchestra’s composers’ workshop (2008 and 2009), Festival Música Portuguesa Hoje 2008 (Orchestrutopica); Festival Synthèse 2009 (Bourges); Young Musicians Award 2009 (commission by the Portuguese National Radio); ISMIR Conference 2012 in Porto; ICMC2012 (Ljubljana); Festival Musica Viva, (Lisbon, 2013); Notation in Contemporary Music – Goldsmiths University (London, 2013), Ibrasotope#60 (São Paulo, Brazil); Sounding Cities – Invisible Places (Viseu, 2014), Belfast Festival (2014) and Sonorities Festival (2015). He has also been creating music for dance and theatre and collaborating with other artists/ performers including Ricardo Jacinto, Inês Botelho, Matilde Meireles and Tânia Carvalho.


Alvim, D. (2018), ‘As the world leaks into the work – Composition and Architecture’ a publicar na revista Organised Sound 23/1, Cambridge University Press.

Alvim, D. (2016), ‘Music Through Architecture – Towards an Expanded Practice’, in Bell, D., et. al. eds. Mind the Gap! Practice based doctoral research in the creative, media and visual arts, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Alvim, D. (2016), ‘Composition Beyond the Score’, in Espacios Sonoros y Audiovisuales 2014: Experimentación Sensorial y Escucha Activa, publicação das comunicações da Conferência Internacional, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Dezembro de 2014.

Post-Doc/PhD/Master Thesis
Title PhD. Thesis: Music through Architecture: Contributions to an Expanded Practice in Composition

Pedro Rebelo

Paul Wilson (c)

Scholarship Reference: SFRH/BD/77352/2011

This research is an inquiry into how architecture can inform, or contribute to the practice of composition. As an architect and composer, I try to find strategies for musical composition in architectural practice and thought, by reframing and confronting concepts and methodologies from both disciplines. My research aims at an expanded practice (and analysis) of musical creation, one that transverses different conceptions of space—from the score based pitch space to the social and political spaces of music’s production, performance and reception. This is a practice based PhD research and consists of a portfolio of nine works that were developed in a dialectical relation to these ideas. The works are presented in a framework composed of five conceptual tools used to articulate music and architecture. These are Material, Site, Drawing, Programme and Use.

Research Group:

Contemporary Music