Gilles Gobeil

Gilles Gobeil’s works reach out! They have been performed in concert in Banff, Bangor, Beijing, Belfast, Berkeley, Berlin, Birmingham, Bogotá, Boston, Bourges, Bowling Green, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cagliari, Calgary, Cascais, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne, Crest, Dijon, Dresden, Drummondville, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Essen, Glasgow, Halifax, Helsinki, Huddersfield, Karlsruhe, Keele, Kingston, Leicester, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Magdeburg, Manchester, Montpellier, Montréal, Morelia, New York City, Nîmes, Norwich, Oberlin, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Rome, Saignelégier, San Francisco, Santiago, São Paulo, Scarborough, Sydney, Toronto, Troy, Uppsala, Valdivia, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, Victoriaville, Vienna, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Weimar and Winnipeg…

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 including the Ars Electronica (Austria, 1995, 2005), Black & White (Portugal, 2009), Bourges (France, 1988, ’89, ’99, 2009), British Design & Art Direction (UK, 2002), Brock University (Canada, 1985), Canadian Music Council (1985), Ciber@rt (Spain, 1999), CICEM (Monaco, 2014), CIMESP (Brazil, 1997, ’99, 2001), Destellos (Argentina, 2011, ’12), Luigi Russolo (Italy, 1987, ’88, ’89), Métamorphoses (Belgium, 2000, ’02), Newcomp (USA, 1987), SDE Canada (1984), SOCAN (Canada, 1993), and Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden, 1994, ’97) 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), DAAD (Berlin, Germany), empreintes DIGITALes (Montréal), Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB, France), Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM, France), Musiques & Recherches (Belgium), Réseaux des arts médiatiques (Montréal), Société Radio-Canada, Totem contemporain (Montréal), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM, Germany), from Folkmar Hein, Uli Aumüller, Camille Mutel, and Oscar Wiggli, and from performers Suzanne Binet-Audet, René Lussier, Arturo Parra, and Rick Sacks.

He has been composer-in-residence in Banff (Canada, 1993, ’95), Bourges (France, 1991), EMS (Sweden, 2013), GRM (France, 1993, 2012), Franz Liszt Academy (Weimar, Germany, 2010), Miso Music Portugal (2012), Musiques & Recherches (Belgium, 2012), PANaroma (Brazil, 2014), and ZKM (Germany, 2005, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’10, ’12, ’13), and guest composer at DAAD (Germany, 2008).

Gilles Gobeil is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), and co-founder of Réseaux, an organization devoted to producing media arts events.

[English translation: François Couture, v-15]

Gilles Gobeil, photo: Isabelle Gardner, Sunday, March 26, 2006

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