Musique concrète Days

Akousma celebrates 75 years of musique concrète (invented by Pierre Schaeffer in 1948) by presenting mediation activities and special concerts.

An Électrochoc concert with Bernard Parmegiani’s De Natura Sonorum, immersive listening sessions at the PHI Center, a conference at Librairie Résonance, a study day at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Observatory of Creation and Research in Music and, to top it all, a major concert featuring a solo performance on the organ by Kara-Lis Coverdale and Pierre Henry’s masterpiece: L’Apocalypse de Jean.


September 21 > October 13, 2023

September 21 

Talk with Yves Daoust at 7:30 pm /
Concert at 8:00 pm

Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
4750 Av. Henri-Julien, Montréal
(near metro Laurier and Mont-Royal)

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Électrochoc NO. 1


Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum (1975)
Spaitailized by Yves Daoust

  • 1.1. incidences / résonances (4:00)
  • 1.2. accidents / harmoniques (4:46)
  • 1.3. géologie sonore (4:34)
  • 2.1. dynamique de la résonance (2:53)
  • 2.2. étude élastique (6:42)
  • 2.3. conjugaison du timbre (5:05)
  • 3.1. incidences / battements (1:43)
  • 3.2. natures éphémères (4:08)
  • 3.3. matières induites (3:44)
  • 3.4. ondes croisées (2:01)
  • 3.5. pleins et déliés (4:39)
  • 4.1. points contre champs (8:31)

« The first series is made up of six movements, most of which connect, generally in pairs, electronic sounds with instrumental and more rarely concrete sounds (...). The second series of movements calls more on concrete sounds and electronics, while the instrumental appears very ephemerally. » (B. P.) - Premiered at Salle Wagram, Paris, on June 3, 1975.
Bernard Parmegiani talks with Réjean Beaucage - Rien à voir (3), 1998.
Photo: Luc Beauchemin

Photo: Alice Perrin, 2022

September 30 to October 22

Saturdays and Sundays

Centre PHI
407 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal
(near metro Square-Victoria—OACI or Place-d'Armes)

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An immersive panorama

Louis Dufort, artistic director of AKOUSMA, has prepared a dive into the heart of the international electroacoustic repertoire which is available in 4 programs of one hour each.

In the PHI Center's listenig room, the Habitat sonore, come and discover 20 universes in which sound reigns supreme and takes control of your senses. AKOUSMA wishes to thank Renelle Desjardins Chiasson (programming director) and Philippe Rochefort (creative sound supervisor).

October 1st

3:00 pm

Librairie Résonance
40 Rue Beaubien E., Montréal
(near métro Beaubien)

As part of Les Journées de la culture.

Réjean Beaucage, general director of AKOUSMA, presents a brief history of musique concrète to mark the 75th anniversary of this sonic art.

The astonishing turnatablist Martin Tétreault accompanies him to illustrate his remarks with resounding examples.

After its invention in Paris in 1948 by Pierre Schaeffer, musique concrète quickly encountered electronic music to generate electroacoustic music, which itself declined into several genres over the last century, from acousmatics to mixed music, video music, etc. On this International Music Day, we invite you to discover this still little-known branch of the art of sounds.

Martin Tétreault

Réjean Beaucage

October 6

9:00 am tp 5:00 pm

Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal
200 Av. Vincent-D'Indy, Outremont (metro Édouard-Montpetit)

• The different activities will be presented in French •

Journée d’étude: 75 ans de musique  concrète
En collaboration avec l’Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM)

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With the collaboration of Myriam Boucher (composer and teacher in digital music, member OCIRM) and under the coordination of Marie Anne Bérard (candidate for a master's degree in composition and sound creation).

Full program coming soon.

Reception: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Activity 1: round table - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
75 years of concrete music

Activity 2: interview - 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Around Pierre Henry

Activity 3: round table - 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Financing electroacoustics

Activity 4: round table - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The mediation of electroacoustic