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Denis Lorrain: Biography

Denis Lorrain
1948 -
Region: International

Denis Lorrain

DENIS LORRAIN was born in 1948. He is a Canadian and French citizen.

He has studied at the Music Faculties of the Universities of Montréal and McGill, and holds a Doctoral Degree from the University of Paris I. From 1973 to 1979, he has worked in Europe, at Utrecht, Paris and Marseille. Assistant-Professor at the University of Montréal from 1980 to 1982, he has taught computer music and composition. He left this position in 1982 to join the Pedagogy/Production team at the IRCAM, in Paris, where he worked as a musical producer. Since 1988 he has been a technical advisor for IRCAM and professor and co-director of the SONUS Department of Electroacoustics and Musical Information of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon.

In the words of Denis Lorrain, "What music expresses, albeit only indirectly, because it can flit from memory to memory and awaken mysterious, but fragile sympathies in us, is nothing more than its own existence. It is, and there is no more. Its only raison d'être is to embody a construction of the human spirit. It must therefore assert its existence loudly, and its reality must be rooted in a powerful, imperative, rich potential. If I express something, it is the metaphysical challenge implied in my very desire to create something, by the very fact that I dare to construct something."

"My compositions often involve computers, which are a natural extension of the mind. In some cases, I have developed programs that are applied to a whole work, either all at once, or at certain stages in its development. I also use this tool in a freer way, to identify certain section details in a piece, to obtain outlines which I then interpret via instruments, etc."

His compositions, for solo instruments, ensembles and orchestras, as well as tape or mixed, have been performed in America and Europe since 1970.




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