After studies at Paris and Bordeaux and a few summer courses (GRM, Ircam, Acanthes), Christophe HAVEL teaches composition at the Conservatory of Bordeaux and at ESMUC (Barcelona, Spain). In his first instrumental works – Oxyton (1991), Omotesis (1991),RamDam (1992), his very expressive style reflects the stamp of the electro-acoustical experience as well in the design of the sounds – especially in the detail of the morphological writing – as the use of new technologies. His work then associates very often acoustic instruments to an electro acoustical set-up for live performances, as in S (1994) which wins the 1st price at the 6th concourse of electro-acoustical composition of Braunschweig in 1995.
In his metamorphoses serial work initiated in 2000 he imagines a new way of writing, putting the musicians through to the computer in open structures using synthetic sounds. In this outlook he started a research project at Scrime (University Bordeaux I) on the percussion gesture recognition. In 1991 he funded Proxima Centauri together with Marie-Bernadette Charrier, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the contemporary music.