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About the CEC

The Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) is Canada’s official national association for electroacoustic practices. Since its founding in 1986, the CEC has dedicated its resources to supporting and promoting the ever-expanding field of practices comprising this progressive art form.

Advocating the widest possible interpretation of the umbrella term “electroacoustic”, the CEC understands this field of creative activity to encompass a divergent range of studio and live practices, from acousmatic and musique concrète to circuit bending and hardware hacking to sound art and videomusic, but also embracing live coding and glitch, soundscape and acoustic ecology, electronic and tape music, sound design and live audiovisual, turntablism and generative, as well as any combination or permutation thereof.

The CEC fosters a broad, diverse and inclusive community of electroacoustic artists, raises the profile of electroacoustic within the Canadian arts sector and promotes Canadian electroacoustic artists and their activities across Canada and internationally. In tandem with its own recurring and singular activities, the CEC maintains and strengthens communications and information flow related to electroacoustic activities around the globe.

With projects such as the electronic journal eContact!, the online jukebox SONUS and the annual Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) project, the CEC provides electroacoustic artists of all generations, backgrounds and interests with a range of interrelated avenues in which to plug into the Canadian and global communities, thereby fostering mutual awareness and benefit between local, national and international scenes.

The CEC is supported by a committed membership and by arts funding bodies such as the SOCAN Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Its membership is comprised of emerging and established artists, educators and enthusiasts, production centres, support organizations and institutions across Canada and around the globe.

Although the interests and needs of the CEC’s members and the Canadian electroacoustic milieu are positioned at the forefront of its operations, all its projects and activities are designed and implemented with the perspective of the wider international community in mind.

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