A Short History of the CEC
The Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), Canada’s national electroacoustic / computer music association, draws together like-minded people — those interested and active in electroacoustics and computer music. With membership from all provinces and internationally, the CEC provides a clearly-defined network for the flow and exchange of information and ideas.
Functioning entirely in both English and French, the CEC has built a significant reputation for its high standard of production and activity. Founded in July 1986, the members of the CEC represent the historical and current diversity and strength in electroacoustics — composition, performance, education, and research.
Today, the CEC is viewed as the official voice for Canadian electroacoustics by government agencies, both national and international, as well as musical institutions around the world.
The CEC has three open membership categories: Permanent, Associate, and Institutional. Visit the membership pages for information on becoming a member.
To provide the electroacoustic community with an opportunity to meet, exchange, discuss, and discover, the CEC has organized, helped organize or co-prooduced a number electroacoustic events:
2001 - 14 (7–10 May 1987. Montréal: various venues)
Conference co-sponsored by McGill University, Université de Montréal, Conservatoire de Montréal, ACREQ, and Concordia University. Papers, concerts and installations feature, as well as discussion periods in which the CEC is accepted as Canada’s national association for electroacoustics.
Diffusion! (1988. Toronto: Music Gallery)
Conference organized by the Music Gallery, with concerts and paper sessions.
>convergence< (1989. The Banff Centre for the Arts)
Conference with coordination assisted by the CEC, with concerts, paper sessions and radio programs.
>>PERSPECTIVES>> (1991. Montréal: Concordia University)
Conference in Montréal produced by EuCuE (Concordia University), with concerts, paper sessions and radio programs.
Journées ELECTRO-RADIO Days (1993)
Coordinated by the CEC, this first nationwide non-profit community-based radio festival linked Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver by broad band-width telephone lines, and involved live-to-air performances and interactive ea/cm.
SEAMUS Festival (1994–96)
The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States invites the CEC to be a special guest and host a concert at the annual national conference in Ithaca, New York, and Birmingham, Alabama.
ICMC 1995 (The Banff Centre for the Arts)
A CEC representative is present, and the CEC hosts a concert.
ÉlectroWEB (1995. Online)
The first Canadian World Wide Web concert of electroacoustics.
Oscillations (24–26 October 2003; 18–20 November 2005; 2–3 February 2008. Wolfville, and Halifax since 2008: various venues)
Operational assistance to East Coast festival of electroacoustic music.
Harvest Moon Festival (22–24 September 2004; 21–23 September 2005. Montréal: Oscar Peterson Concert Hall)
Symposium produced by EuCuE (Concordia University), with presentations and panels, multi-speaker concerts, installations and performances. HM I Papers are published in eContact! 7.2 — Harvest Moon Symposium (December 2004); papers from HM II in eContact! 8.3 — Harvest Moon and Other Festivals, Conferences (June 2006).
Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (TES) (9–10 August 2007; 7–9 August 2008)
Co-produced by the CEC, University of Toronto and NAISA, with paper sessions and concerts. 2007 papers published to eContact! 10.3 — TES 2007.
Electroacoustic Seminars 2007
Eight Seminars given across Canada by Dominique Bassal and Jean-Luc Louradour on “Professional Production in EA”.
CEC / Concordia Archival Project (CAP)
Digitisation of 1100+ analog tapes collected through 1970–80s at Concordia University to be documented in a special 10th anniversary issue of eContact!; 10 hours of eLearning (2007–08).
With the objective of responding to the growing need for information on electroacoustic activities the CEC has produced:
- Bulletin CEC Newsletter. CEC news, interviews, composer opportunities and more (1986–88).
- Contact! Newsletter / journal (1988–97).
- Flash! News bulletin for CEC members (1988–97). Now eFlash! (since 1997).
- DISContact!, a double CD featuring short works by CEC members.
- Guide CEC Guide. Biographic phone book of CEC members (1st ed. 1994).
- eContact!. The CEC’s online journal of electroacoustics (since 1998).
Dernière modification en mai 2008.
Last updated May 2008.