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Francis Dhomont: Biography

Francis Dhomont
1926 -
Region: International

Francis Dhomont

FRANCIS DHOMONT was born in Paris, France in 1926. He studied under Ginette Waldmeier, Charles Koechlin and Nadia Boulanger. In the late 40’s, in Paris, he intuitively discovered with magnetic wire what Schaeffer would later call “musique concrète” and consequently conducted solitary experiments with the musical possibilities of sound recording. Later, leaving behind instrumental writing, he dedicated himself exclusively to electroacoustic composition.

In 1999, he was awared five first prizes for four of his recent works at international competition (in Brazil, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Czech Republic). In 1997, as the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts' Lynch-Staunton Prize, he was also supported by the DAAD for a residence in Berlin (Germany). Five-time winner at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France) — where he was also awarded the Magisterium prize in 1988 — and laureate at the Prix Ars Electronica 1992 (2nd Prize) (Linz, Austria), he has received numerous other international awards.

His texts and essays are published in various journals. He is the editor of “L’espace du son” (The Space of Sound) — two special issues published by Musiques & Recherches (Belgium) — and of “Électroacoustique Québec: l’essor” (Québec Electroacoustics: The Expansion) — for Circuit (Montréal). Musical coeditor of the Dictionnaire des arts médiatiques (published by UQAM), he is also lecturer and the author of many radio programs for Radio-Canada and Radio-France.

An ardent proponent of acousmatics, his work (since 1963) is comprised exclusively of works for tape bearing witness to his continued interest in morphological interplay and ambiguities between sound and the images it may create.

Since 1978, he has divided his time between France and Québec, where he has taught at the Université de Montréal from, 1980 to 1996. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC, 1989) and a Founding Member (1986) and Honorary Member (1989) of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC).

He now focuses on composition and theory.

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