After studies in music theory, Gilles Gobeil completed his Master’s in composition at Université de Montréal. Since 1985 he has concentrated on the creation of acousmatic and mixed works. His compositions approach what is known as “cinéma pour l’oreille” (cinema for the ear); many of them are inspired by literary works and seek to “visualize” them through the medium of sound.

Winner of more than 20 prizes in Canada and abroad, Gobeil has been Composer-in-Residence at The Banff Centre, Bourges, GRM, Hochschule Franz Liszt, ZKM and was Guest Composer of the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Programme in 2008. Gobeil is currently a professor of music technology at Drummondville CEGEP, and has been Guest Professor of electroacoustics at the Université de Montréal and at the Montréal Conservatory. He is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and co-founder of Réseaux, an association dedicated to the production of Media Art events.
Recent News

Gobeil’s’ DVD Trois songes was published in 2008 by empreintes DIGITALes [IMED 0891]. Visit the publisher’s site for more information on the composer, programme notes, reviews and upcoming events.

Recognition (selection)

Prizes: Ars Electronica, Black and White-Porto, Bourges (IMEB), Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacústicas, Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo (CIMESP), Luigi Russolo, Métamorphoses, Prix Opus 2004–05 (Disc of the Year), SOCAN, Stockholm Electronic Arts Award.

Commissions: Bourges, Codes d’Accès, DAAD, empreintes DIGITALes, Musiques & Recherches, Société Radio-Canada, Totem contemporain, ZKM, Suzanne Binet-Audet, Folkmar Hein, René Lussier, Rick Sacks.

Residencies: Banff Centre, Bourges, DAAD-Berlin, GMEB, GRM, Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Miso Music, Musiques & Recherches, ZKM.

Performances: Ars Electronica (Austria), Beast (UK), Bourges (France), Espace du son (Belgium), ICMC, Inventionen (Berlin), ISCM, Musica Nova (Bulgaria), Ultraschall (Berlin).


Gobeil’s music can be heard on more than 20 discs, including 5 solo CDs/DVDs: La mécanique des ruptures, …dans le silence de la nuit…, Le contrat (w/ R. Lussier), Trilogie d’ondes (w/ S. Binet-Audet) and Trois songes. These discs are available through empreintes DIGITALes.