Animating the Object: Marcelle Deschênes and acousmatic education in Quebec

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This article examines the early reception of Pierre Schaeffer's theoretical work in Quebec through the teaching of Marcelle Deschênes, principal author of the first electroacoustic theory and ear training curricula at both Université Laval and Université de Montréal. An account of Deschênes's educational career is provided, along with remarks on the contents of her early courses in Morpho-typology and her listening workshops for children, using newly excavated primary material from her private archives. While existing scholarship presumes that Schaefferian thinking arrived in Quebec with the 'orthodox' acousmatic approach of Francis Dhomont, this article asserts that a pluralist and multidisciplinary interpretation of Schaeffer's work can be discerned which pre-dated Dhomont's teaching and has had an equally lasting impact overall. A methodological argument is also made for including education and other forms of 'reproductive labour' in the history of electroacoustic music.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-393
Number of pages9
JournalOrganised Sound
Issue number3
Early online date24 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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