Composer, pianist, teacher and multimedia artist. Master’s degree and doctoral courses in composition under Jean Papineau-Couture and Serge Garant at the Université de Montréal, followed by advanced training and work at the Groupe de recherches musicales de l’ORTF with Pierre Schaeffer, François Bayle and Guy Reibel. She was involved in the creation and operations of various organizations, as a founding member and director of: ACREQ and Nexus, among others; and a founding member of CEC. From 1980 to 1997, she taught electroacoustic and multimedia composition, auditory perception and electroacoustic composition techniques at the Université de Montréal. She created, developed and managed a new program in Electroacoustic Composition for the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels. Marcelle Deschênes’ œuvre is important not only for its pioneering nature, but also its diversity: multimedia performances, photography, video art; instrumental, mixed, acousmatic and application music; radio art, installation art, and animation/creation for non-musicians. For the last 20 years, her creative work has been mostly focused on a search for new forms of artistic expression combining music, the latest technology, stage arts, visual arts and multidisciplinary teamwork.
[empreintes DIGITALes, 2006]
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