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Robert Normandeau

Born on March 11, 1955, in QuÈbec City (Canada).

After a BMus in Composition (Electroacoustics) from Université Laval (Québec City, 1984) he moved to Montréal and completed a MMus in Composition (in 1988) and the first DMus in Electroacoustics Composition (in 1992) with Marcelle DeschÍnes and Francis Dhomont. He is a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC, 1987). From 1986 to 1993, he was an active member of the Association pour la création et la recherche électroacoustiques du Québec (ACREQ) where he produced the Clair de terre concert series at the Planetarium of Montréal. In 1991, he co-founded Réseaux, an organization for the production of media arts events.

Robert Normandeau is an award winner of numerous international competitions including Ars Electronica, Linz (Austria, 1993, Golden Nica in 1996), Bourges (France, 1986, 1988, 1993), Luigi-Russolo, Varese (Italy, 1989, 1990), Musica Nova, Prague (Czech Republic, 1994, 1995, 1998), Noroit-Léonce Petitot, Arras (France, 1991, 1994), Phonurgia-Nova, Arles (France, 1988, 1987), and Stockholm (Sweden, 1992). He was awarded two Opus Prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique in 1999: Composer of the Year and Record of the year in contemporary music (Figures on the 'empreintes DIGITALes' label).

He received commissions from The Banff Centre for the Arts, CKUT-FM, Codes d'Accës/Musiques & Recherches, Jacques Drouin, …vénements du neuf, Arturo Parra, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Radio-Canada. He was composer in residence at the studios of Banff (Canada, 1989, 1992, 1993), Belfast (Northern Ireland, 1997), Bourges (France, 1988, 1999), Mons (Belgium, 1996), GRM in Paris (France, 1990, 1994) and Ohain (Belgium, 1987). He is a lecturer in acoustics and electroacoustics at Université de Montréal since 1988. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC).

Having produced several instrumental and mixed works, his current endeavors are focused on acousmatic music. More specifically, his compositions employ esthetic criteria whereby he creates a cinema for the ear in which `meaning' as well as `sound' become elements which elaborate his works. Along with concert music he now writes incidental music, especially for the theater.

Main Works

Matrechka (1986), La chambre blanche (1986), Rumeurs (Place de Ransbeck) (1987), MÈmoires vives (1989), Jeu (1989), BÈdÈ (1990), …clats de voix (1991), Tropes (1991), Tangram (1992), Spleen (1993), Le renard et la rose (1995), Chat noir (1995), Figures de rhÈtorique(1997), Venture (1998), Ellipse (1999), Clair de terre (1999).

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