History, mission, and
(formally Réseaux des arts médiatiques) is a concert production company that showcases
works by electroacoustic artists and collectives in Montréal. These works are
presented via an immersive sound system, and they take several forms:
acousmatic (tape music), mixed (tape and instruments), live (live electronics),
video music, or music integrated into other art forms such as dance,
performance, or installation.
Composers Jean-François Denis, Gilles Gobeil, and Robert Normandeau founded Akousma in Montréal in 1991. They shared the role of artistic director for 17 years, until 2008 when they passed the baton to Nicolas Bernier for the 2008–2009 and 2010–2011 seasons. That same season, Réjean Beaucage took on the role of director general, with support from Louis Dufort as artistic director for the 2011–2012 season onward.
Akousma would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and Canadian Heritage for their support for its operation. Akousma also receives valuable support from the Socan Foundation for its activities. Le Vivier and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal are important broadcasting partners.