Gilles Gobeil

born 1954 in Sorel, Canada

Photo: Isabelle Gardner

Gilles Gobeil has completed a master’s degree in composition at Université de Montréal, after studying writing techniques.


He has been focusing his work on acousmatic and mixed music since 1985. His works fall close to what is called ‘cinema for the ear.’ Many of his pieces have been inspired by literary works and attempt to let us ‘see’ through sound.


Gilles Gobeil has won over 20 national and international awards at Ars Electronica (Austria), Bourges (France), Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden), CIMESP (Brazil), Métamorphoses (Belgium), Ciber@rt (Spain), and Luigi Russolo (Italy) competitions. His DVD-Audio Trilogie d’ondes has won the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM)’s Prix Opus for Best Album in 2004-05; his CD Le contrat was nominated in the same category in 2003-04.


Gobeil has received commissions from Codes d’Accès (Montréal), empreintes DIGITALes (Montréal), Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB, France), Musiques & Recherches (Belgium), Réseaux des arts médiatiques (Montréal), Société Radio-Canada, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM, Germany), and from performers Suzanne Binet-Audet, René Lussier, and Arturo Parra.


He has been composer-in-residence in Banff (Canada, 1993, ’95), Bourges (France, 1991), at the GRM (France, 1993) and ZKM (Germany, 2005, ’06, ’07), and guest composer at DAAD (Germany, 2008).


Gilles Gobeil is a professor of Music Technology at Collège de Drummondville since 1992. He has been a guest lecturer in Electroacoustic Composition at Université de Montréal (2005-06) and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (2007). He is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), and co-founder of Réseaux, an organization devoted to producing media arts events.


[English translation: François Couture, x-07]


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