Francis Dhomont

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Francis Dhomont (born Paris, France, 2 November 1926) is a French composer of electroacoustic / acousmatic music.

Biography[edit]

He studied composition under Ginette Waldmeier, Charles Koechlin and Nadia Boulanger.[1] In the late 1940s he intuitively discovered with magnetic wire what Pierre Schaeffer at about the same time came to call musique concrète, consequently conducting solitary experiments with the musical possibilities of sound recording.[citation needed]

In 1963 he decided to dedicate his time to electroacoustic composition utilising natural sounds.[1] Performances in public of his music are done using the French "diffusion" technique over multiple loudspeakers. His work consists exclusively of tape pieces using natural, or "found" sounds, exploring morphological interplay and the ambiguities between sound and the images it may create.

Dhomont's work has won many international awards including at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France), the Magisterium Prize in 1988, Prix Ars Electronica in 1992 (Linz, Austria) and others. In 1997, as the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts' Lynch-Staunton Prize, he was supported by the DAAD for a residence in Berlin. He was recently awarded a prestigious career grant by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec . Dhomont is the editor of several electroacoustic music journals, and has produced many radio programs for Radio-Canada and Radio-France.

From 1978 to 2005, he divided his time between France and Québec, where he taught at the Université de Montréal from 1980 to 1996.[1] He was a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. He now lives in Avignon (France) and regularly presents his works in France and abroad. A great traveller, he frequently participates in juries.

Recordings[edit]

List of works[edit]

  • À cordes perdues (1977), doublebass, and tape
  • L'air du large (1997–98)
  • À propos de K (2006)
  • Asie (1975), audiovisual presentation (images by Giovanni Biaggini)
  • Assemblages (1972)
  • AvatArsSon (1998)
  • Brief an den Vater (2005)
  • Cathédrale d'images (1977), large-scale audiovisual presentation
  • Chiaroscuro (1987)
  • Chroniques de la lumière (1989, 2005)
  • Cité du dedans (1972)
  • Convulsive! (1995)
  • Corps et âme (2001–02)
  • CPH Pendler Music (1997)
  • Drôles d'oiseaux (1985–86, 2001)
  • L'électro (1990)
  • En cuerdas (1998)
  • Espace / Escape (1989)
  • Espaces sonores pour des textes de Jean Tortel (1976), radiophonic piece
  • Figures de la nuit / Faces of the Night (1991–92)
  • Forêt profonde (1994–96)
  • Frankenstein Symphony (1997)
  • Glank-50 (2002)
  • Here and There (2003)
  • Je te salue, vieil océan! (1998, 2000–04)
  • Lettre de Sarajevo (1995–96)
  • La liberté ou la mort (1976), incidental music
  • Mais laisserons-nous mourir Arianna? (1979)
  • Métonymie ou le corps impossible (1976)
  • Moirures (2006), videomusic
  • Les moirures du temps (1999–2000)
  • … mourir un peu (1984–87)
  • Nocturne à Combray (1995–96)
  • Novars (1989)
  • Objets retrouvés (1996)
  • Phonurgie (1998)
  • Poe-Debussy, Autour de la maison Usher (1988), Incidental music for a musical theater by Marthe Forget
  • Points de fuite (1982)
  • Premières traces du Choucas (2006)
  • Previews (1994)
  • Puzzle (1975)
  • Qui est là? (1990)
  • Reflets LR (2003–06), videomusic
  • Ricercare (1998)
  • Signé Dionysos (1986–91)
  • Simulacres: un autoportrait (1991)
  • Sol y sombra… L'espace des spectres (1998, 2000), guitar, and tape
  • Sous le regard d'un soleil noir (1979–81)
  • Studio de nuit (1992)
  • Syntagmes (1975)
  • Terre d'ombres (2006), videomusic
  • Les traces du rêve (1986), film soundtrack, Les traces du rêve by Jean-Daniel Lafond, NFB
  • Transits élémentaires (1983)
  • Un autre Printemps (2000)
  • Un autre Printemps [vidéo] (2000)
  • Vol d'Arondes (1999, 2002)
  • Voyage dans le voyage (1991), radiophonic piece
  • Voyage-miroir (2004)
  • Zones et rhizomes (1978)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Beaucage, Réjean (2006-05-11). "Hats off to Francis Dhomont!". Scena.org. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dhomont, Francis. “L’écriture acousmatique: Rappels et questionnements.” eContact! 12.4 — Perspectives on the Electroacoustic Work / Perspectives sur l’œuvre électroacoustique (August 2010). Montréal: CEC.
  • _____. 2008. “Abstraction et figuration dans ma musique / Abstraktion und Gegenständlichkeit in meiner Musik” (French/German). Komposition und Musikwissenschaft im Dialog VI, edited by Marcus Erbe and Christoph von Blumröder. Vienna: Verlag Der Apfel, 2008. pp. 134–167. Available online in eContact! 11.2 — Figures canadiennes (2) / Canadian Figures (2) (July 2009). Montréal: CEC.
  • _____. “Abstraction et figuration dans ma musique.” eContact! 11.2 — Figures canadiennes (2) / Canadian Figures (2) (July 2009). Montréal: CEC.
  • _____. “Éléments pour une syntaxe.” eContact! 11.2 — Figures canadiennes (2) / Canadian Figures (2) (July 2009). Montréal: CEC.
  • Gayou, Évelyne (Ed.). 2006. Francis Dhomont. Paris: INA, 2006. ISBN 2-86938-189-1
  • Mountain, Rosemary. “From Wire to Computer. Francis Dhomont at 80.” Computer Music Journal 30/3 (Fall 2006), pp. 10–21.
  • Paes, Rui Eduardo. “Entretien avec Francis Dhomont.” eContact! 11.2 — Figures canadiennes (2) / Canadian Figures (2) (July 2009). Montréal: CEC.
  • Paland, Ralph. 2008. “Dhomont, Francis.” Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2nd Edition. Biographical encyclopedia. Supplementary volume, edited by Ludwig Finscher. Kassel, Stuttgart: Bärenreiter, Metzler. pp. 153–154. ISBN 978-3-7618-1139-9
  • _____. “In akusmatischer Nacht: Elektroakustische Proust-Bilder franko-kanadischer Komponisten im poetologischen Kontext der Musique acousmatique.” Marcel Proust und die Musik: Beiträge des Symposions der Marcel Proust Gesellschaft in Wien im November 2009. edited by Albert Gier. Berlin: Insel Verlag, 2012. pp. 233–284. ISBN 978-3-458-17459-2
  • _____. “Mythen der elektroakustischen ‘Revolution’: Aktuelle Geschichtskonstruktionen einer Musik ohne Vergangenheit.” Vorzeitbelebung: Vergangenheits- und Gegenwarts-Reflexionen in der Musik heute, edited by Jörn Peter Hiekel. Hofheim: Wolke Verlag, 2010. pp. 107–139. ISBN 978-3-936000-85-6
  • Steenhuisen, Paul. “Interview with Francis Dhomont.” Sonic Mosaics: Conversations with Composers. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88864-474-9

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