Stéphane Roy

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Stéphane Roy
BiografieDESCRIPTION of Stéphane Roy: «Voies crépusculaires» / 15:28

Like most of my works, «Voies crépusculaires» originates from experimentations with sound materials I had selected and captured for their morphological qualities. While exploring their plasticity, I was led to oppositions of textures, and used multiple transpositions, filters, and successive mixes in order to highlight the edgier qualities of the material. Voies crépusculaires consists of pulsed units that unfold through an additive texture to the point of reaching audio fullness that evaporates suddenly over a furtive atmosphere. Sometimes, these processes are cut short – even before reaching their crepuscular horizon – by meandering sequences peppered with antagonistic sonic motifs and allusive returns that tug at the narrative, which eventually gets back on its original course and flares up into extreme agitation. Reiterated, these pulsed units function as a structuring axis, at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels.
This research work inspired by the plasticity of the material arks back to my first pieces, among them «Crystal Music» (1992-94), with the difference that here I am using a pulse as the main unifying factor, in order to allow the development of multiple musical objects deployed into various planes of the sound field.
This works has been published by empreintes DIGITALes (L’inaudible, 2019).


Stéphane Roy is an acousmatic composer. His art esthetics allow him, after thorough experimentations with sound materials, to extract expressive properties and give these works teleological motion.
Roy holds a doctorate in electroacoustic composition and a PhD in musicology, both from Université de Montréal. He has written a number of papers and a book on the analysis of electroacoustic music (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2003), which earned him the 2003-04 Prix Opus — Book of the Year. His works have won several awards and mentions in national and international electroacoustic composition competitions. His latest album, L’inaudible, received the 2019- 2020 Prix Opus — Album of the year, Electroacoustic Music. His works have been programmed throughout Europe and the Americas. For the past few years, he has been featured by various international festivals who gave his latest works their European premiere. Some of his works also received their world premiere in concerts presented at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (Québec).
Stéphane Roy is vice-president and member of Groupe Le Vivier, Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), and his works have been published on audio support by various labels, including empreintes DIGITALes (Kaleidos, 1996; Migrations, 2003; L’inaudible, 2019).
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