Artists Benjamin Thigpen

Benjamin Thigpen, nomad, born in the United States of America, naturalized in France. After dropping out of conservatory, he studied literature and aesthetics, travelled extensively and lived…

He returned to music through electronic composition, moved to Europe and abandoned his doctoral studies. He taught computer music at IRCAM (Paris, France), at the University of Washington (USA), and at the Conservatorio di Cuneo (Italy); he currently teaches at the Conservatoire royal de Mons / Arts2 (Belgium).

He creates music for loudspeakers — as a composer and as a performing electronic musician. He composes in various European electroacoustic studios (GRM, EMS, VICC, STEIM) and gives concerts throughout the world.

He performs in the duo Rust with instrument inventor and composer Jean-François Laporte, in Les Frères Bobine with composer and electronic musician Stefano Bassanese, and in Fluid Identities with cellist Benjamin Carat.

He thinks that music is not a language but a lived visceral experience, and that it is not the art of sound but the art of the transcendence of sound.


Benjamin Thigpen

Wilmington (Delaware, USA), 1959

Residence: Paris (France)

  • Composer

Associated groups

On the web

Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Bea Borgers, Ohain (Belgium), October 24, 2018]
Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Bea Borgers, Ohain (Belgium), October 24, 2018]
  • Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Bea Borgers, Ohain (Belgium), October 24, 2018]
  • Benjamin Thigpen, Jean-François Denis [Photo: Yérri-Gaspar Hummel, Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin, France), October 11, 2017]
  • Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Frédéric Chais, Montréal (Québec), 2017]
  • Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Ilya Privezentsev, Yaroslavl (Russia), 2015]
  • Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Andrew Dokin, Saint Petersburg (Russia), October 29, 2014]
  • Benjamin Thigpen [Photo: Mikołaj Zając, Kraków (Poland), 2012]

Main releases

empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 17144, IMED 17144_NUM / 2017
Sub Rosa / SR 317 / 2011
EMF Media / EMF 052 / 2004


Various artists
Productions Totem cotemporain / PTC 2013 / 2013
Various artists
CEC-PeP / PEP 002 / 2000


Various artists
Sub Rosa / SR 300 / 2013
  • Out of print
Various artists
EMF Media / EMF 031 / 2002
  • Not in catalogue
Various artists
Acousmatica / CD 1296 / 1996
  • Not in catalogue


empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 17144, IMED 17144_NUM / 2017


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