John Luther Adams : The Place We Began

“Last summer in my studio I discovered several boxes of reel-to-reel tapes that I’d recorded in the early 1970s. Using those “found objects,” I sculpted these new soundscapes from fragments of my past.” Listening to John Luther Adams’s re-workings of his earliest music on his Cold Blue CD, The Place We Began, calls to mind […]

Francis Dhomont Turns 90 : Le cri du Choucas

I missed it last month, when on November 1st Francis Dhomont celebrated his 90th birthday. Francis Dhomont studied under Ginette Waldmeier, Charles Koechlin and Nadia Boulanger. In the late 40’s, in Paris (France), he intuitively discovered with magnetic wire what Pierre Schaeffer would later call “musique concrète” and consequently conducted solitary experiments with the musical […]

Mario Rodrigue’s “Tilt” : Electroacoustic Music

Mario Rodrigue pursued his musical studies under the direction of Marcelle Deschênesand, Francis Dhomont, and obtained his Bachelor in electroacoustic compositionfrom the Université de Montréal. His piece Tilt won the 1st Prize in the electroacoustic category and the Grand Prize in 7th CBC National Competition for Young Composers (1986) and Cristaux liquides was awarded a mention at […]

Ann Southam : New soundings

November 25th of this year marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Ann Southam who died of lung cancer in 2010.  Although a trained composer, Southam was primarily an intuitive composer.  Her works, whether electronic or a 12-tone work for piano, testify to a searching spirit, one who wandered seemingly aimlessly but whose music exhibits a […]

Kristoff K.Roll : French sound duo

Kristoff K.Roll is a sound art duo born in Paris (France) in 1990 as part of the turntable septet Arènes du vinyle. These two noise musicians — Carole Rieussec and J-Kristoff Camps — are building “a sonic maze with multiple entrances.” Together he/she move from acousmatics to electroacoustic improvisation and sound theatre, also delving in […]

Robert Normandeau’s cinema for the ear

Ater a BMus in Composition (Electroacoustics) from the Université Laval (Québec City, 1984) Robert Normandeau moved to Montréal and completed an MMus in Composition (1988) and the first PhDMus in Electroacoustic Composition (1992), under Marcelle Deschênes and Francis Dhomont. He is a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC, 1987). From 1986 to ’93, he […]

Scott Miller : high adventure avant garde music of the best sort

Scott Miller is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works described as ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review) and ‘inspir[ing] real hope & optimism for the future of electroacoustic music.’ (5against4.com). Known for his interactive electroacoustic chamber music and experimental performance pieces, Miller has twice been named a […]