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François de Roubaix

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François de Roubaix
François de Roubaix conducting an orchestra.
François de Roubaix

3 April 1939
Died22 November 1975(1975-11-22) (aged 36)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Musical career
Years active1961-1975

François de Roubaix (French pronunciation: [fʁɑ̃swa ʁube]; 3 April 1939, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine – 22 November 1975, Tenerife, Canary Islands) was a French film score composer. In a decade, he created a musical style with new sounds, until his death in 1975.



Roubaix did not receive any formal education in music, but began studying jazz on his own at age 15, forming a band and learning trombone as an autodidact. His father, the Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul de Roubaix [fr], who was a producer of the short film, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and the creator of educational films, offered to let François compose scores for the latter. François' first film score was for a 1961 film by Robert Enrico; through the late 1960s and early 1970s he scored films for Enrico, Jose Giovanni, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Pierre Mocky, and Yves Boisset.

Notable in his style is his use of folk elements, as well as electronic musical instruments such as synthesizers and early drum machines. He is thus seen as a precursor of French electronic music. Roubaix had a home studio where he would overdub parts until he was satisfied with the result. He died in 1975 in a diving accident.[1][2] In 1976, his score for Le Vieux Fusil was awarded a César Award.




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  2. ^ Mateu, Juan Carlos (2020-11-22). "Una trampa mortal en el fondo del mar tinerfeño". Diario de Avisos (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  3. ^ "Laetitia T-003.011.365-5". Sacem,fr. Marconi Soc, Paris. Retrieved 2022-09-03. Interested Parties Information reference