Fonds 027 - Bernard Gagnon Fonds

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Bernard Gagnon Fonds

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  • 1975-2013 (Creation)
    Gagnon, Bernard

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100 items

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Bernard Gagnon was born in 1953 and participated in the Quebec avant-garde electroacoustic music scene for two decades. As a young Montreal-based musician, he participated in a seminar on music theory, with Iannis Xenakis, and during a performance project met John Cage. Bernard formed MergélèpeGuorismogue and joined Atelier de musique expérimentale (AME), an organization created by Raymond Gervais, Michel Di Torre, Yves Bouliane, and Robert M. Lepage to promote improvised music in the 1970s in Montreal. Gagnon began experimenting with electronic sounds as a member of Kevin Austin’s MetaMusic and in the 1980s studied under Alcides Lanza, Mariano Etkin, and Paul Pedersen at McGill University, composing and recording his first electroacoustic pieces at the university’s Electronic Music Studio (EMS). In 1981, Gagnon was awarded both the CAPAC Hugh Le Caine Award and Radio-Canada’s Prix national de composition électroacoustique for works composed at McGill University. The compositions he recorded at EMS were released by Tenzier in 2012 on vinyl entitled: Bernard Gagnon: Musique Électronique (1975-1983). Gagnon’s composition “Gwendoline descendue!” was recently featured on the compilation album “Dream Into Dream” by Japan’s DJ Nobu and “GololoMashta” served as the soundtrack for a dance performance by Canadian choreographer Dana Gingras in 2013. Bernard Gagnon currently (2016) resides in Montreal.

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The Bernard Gagnon Fonds consists of audio recordings, including interviews, manuscripts, correspondence, and event documentation of Bernard Gagnon, a Montreal-based electroacoustic composer who recorded his first electroacoustic pieces at McGill’s Schulich School of Music’s Electronic Music Studio (EMS) in the 1980s. The Bernard Gagnon Fonds contains the work of Bernard Gagnon a Montreal-based electoacoustic composer and performer who was active in the avant garde scene in the city during the 1970s and 1980s. He composed his first electroacoustic pieces at McGill’s Schulich School of Music’s Electronic Music Studio (EMS) and the collection includes a 2012 Tenzier recording of these works. The Bernard Gagnon Fonds is divided into 5 series and contains approximately 100 items. The majority of the collection consists of audio recordings, including interviews, manuscripts, correspondence, concert posters and programs.

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Gift from Bernard Gagnon in 2015.


The Bernard Gagnon Fonds is organized into 5 series.

  1. Audio recordings
    i. Reel-to-reel tapes
    ii. Cassette tapes (includes one VHS tape)
    iii. CD-Rs
    iv. LPs
  2. Manuscripts
  3. Correspondence
  4. Photographs
  5. Event programs & publicity

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  • English

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The collection material is in English and French.

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The Bernard Gagnon Fonds is open to research. Certain restrictions on use, copying and/or publication of materials may apply. Researchers are advised to contact the Marvin Duchow Music Library prior to visiting.

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The status of copyright on the contents of The Bernard Gagnon Fonds is governed by the Copyright Law of Canada.

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Finding Aid prepared by Sharon Rankin. Revision date: November 24, 2016; updated and entered into AtoM by Geneviève Beaudry, May 2019.

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