Annette Vande Gorne

Annette Vande Gorne’s works are out there! They have been performed in concert in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Aberdeen, Aix-en-Provence, Amiens, Arc-et-Senans, Arles, Athens, Barcelona, Beijing, Belo Horizonte, Berlin, Besançon, Birmingham, Bogotá, Bordeaux, Bourges, Brussels, Cagliari, Cambridge, Castelo Branco, Cologne, Corfu, Crest, Denton, Dieulefit, Dijon, Edinburgh, Florence, Genval, Graz, Karlsruhe, Kiev, Kraków, La Monnerie-le-Montel, Leicester, Lisbon, Liverpool, Lodi, London, Louvain-la-Neuve, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mar del Plata, Marseille, Milan, Moissac, Monaco, Mons, Montpellier, Montréal, Namur, Nice, Nîmes, Novara, Ohain, Oslo, Paris, Roubaix, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, Saint-Leu-La-Forêt, San Francisco, San Sebastián, Santiago, São Paulo, Sarzana, Sheffield, Strasbourg, Toronto, Tournai, Trebel, Troy, Valdivia, Vienna, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Vorst, Weimar and Wrocław…

Following her classical studies at the Royal Conservatories of Mons and of Brussels, and her studies with Jean Absil, Annette Vande Gorne chanced upon acousmatics when on a training position in France. Instantly convinced, by the works of François Bayle and Pierre Henry, of the revolutionary nature of this art form (disruption of perception, renewal of composition through spectromorphological writing and listening conduction, historical importance of the movement), she took a few training positions to grab its basics, then studied musicology (ULB, Brussels) and electroacoustic composition with Guy Reibel and Pierre Schaeffer at the Conservatoire national supérieur in Paris.

She founded and manages Musiques & Recherches and the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio (Ohain, 1982). She also launched a series of concerts and an acousmatics festival called L’Espace du son (Brussels, 1984; annual since 1994), after assembling a 60-loudspeaker system, an acousmonium, derived from the sound projection system designed by François Bayle. She is the editor of the musical aesthetics review Lien and Répertoire ÉlectrO-CD (1993, ’97, ’98), a directory of electroacoustic works. She also founded the composition competition Métamorphoses and the spatialized performance competition Espace du son. She gradually put together Belgium’s only documentation centre on that art form, available online at

She gives numerous spatialized acousmatic music performances, both of her own works and the works of international composers.

Professor of acousmatic composition at the Royal Conservatory of Liège (1986), then Brussels (’87), and Mons (’93), she founded an autonomous Electroacoustic Music section at the latter, later (2002) integrated to the European graduate studies framework. Since 1999, she has been managing an international summer training session on spatialization and — since 1987 — on electroacoustic composition.

Her works can be heard in every festival and on every radio program presenting fixed media-based (previously ‘tape’) music. Her current work focuses on various energetic and kinesthetic archetypes. Nature and the physical world are models for an abstract and expressive musical language. She is passionate about two other fields of research: the various relationships to word, sound, and meaning provided by electroacoustic technology, and the composition of space seen as the fifth musical parameter and its relationship to the other four parameters and the archetypes being used. Her work falls essentially in the acousmatic category, including the Tao cycle and Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Est, which renews electroacoustic music’s ties with the past, with a few incursions in other art forms, including theatre, dance, sculpture, etc.

[English translation: François Couture, ii-18]

Annette Vande Gorne

Charleroi (Belgium), 1946

Residence: Ohain (Belgium)

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Annette Vande Gorne [Photo: Markus Gradwohl, Vienna (Austria), September 26, 2019]
Annette Vande Gorne [Photo: Markus Gradwohl, Vienna (Austria), September 26, 2019]



Date Work Program
November 24, 2019 Vox Alia: Giocoso (Annette Vande Gorne) (1995) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 24, 2019 Vox Alia: Innocentemente (Annette Vande Gorne) (1998) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 24, 2019 Vox Alia: Furioso (Annette Vande Gorne) (2000) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 24, 2019 Vox Alia: Parola volante (Annette Vande Gorne) (2000) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 24, 2019 Vox Alia: Amoroso (Annette Vande Gorne) (1998) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 13, 2019 Exil, chant II (Annette Vande Gorne / Saint-John Perse) (1983, 2006) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
July 5, 2019 Exil, chant II (Annette Vande Gorne / Saint-John Perse) (1983, 2006) [Excerpt] Martian Gardens #981 / Global Community Radio Channel 2 (USA)
May 14, 2019 Yawar Fiesta: Taureau (Le défi) (Annette Vande Gorne / Werner Lambersy) (2006-12) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
October 1, 2018 Vox Alia (Annette Vande Gorne) (1992-2000) Les territoires du son / Radio Saint Ferréol (France)
April 28, 2018 Métal (Annette Vande Gorne) (1983) A Duck in a Tree: Sintering / Resonance 104.4 FM (UK)
November 7, 2017 Yawar Fiesta: Monologue final (Annette Vande Gorne / Werner Lambersy) (2006) Cosmogol 999: 152 Nouvelles du front / Jet FM 91.2 (France)
August 16, 2017 Yawar Fiesta: Condor (La veillée): Lamento (Chœur des femmes I) (Annette Vande Gorne / Werner Lambersy) (2006) Zeit-Ton / ÖRF Radio Österreich 1 (Austria)

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