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Artists Philippe Le Goff

Begins piano studies at the age of 7. Studies in harmony, analysis and esthetics at the Conservatoire de Lyon (France). Graduate of the acousmatic composition class of Denis Dufour. Studies in music pedagogy at the Institut des méthodes musicales actives (IMMAL) in Lyon (France) with Jacques Chapuis. Graduate of the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales in Paris (France) with Ms Therrien. Sound engineer and consultant for numerous documentaries. Composes for concert, radio and documentaries. Since 1988, pursues research on music and language of the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic.

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Philippe Le Goff

Le Raincy (Seine-Saint-Denis, France), 1957

Residence: Paris (France)

  • Composer

On the Web

Philippe Le Goff, photo: Raphael O’Byrne

Selected Works

Main Releases

empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 9524 / 1995

Complements

Various artists
empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 0050 / 2000
  • Out of print
La Muse en circuit / MU 3 / 1997
  • Not in catalogue
Various artists
  • Out of print

In the Press

Portrait: Philippe Le Goff

François Couture, All-Music Guide, Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Composer, sound engineer, music teaching specialist, and passionate about Inuit culture, Philippe Le Goff leads a number of professional lives, which tends to put his musical activities aside. Yet, his 1995 CD Titakti remains a vibrant electroacoustic tribute to the Canadian North.

Born August 15, 1957 in Le Raincy (France), Le Goff started piano lessons at age 7. He studied music at the Conservatory in Lyon, learning acousmatic composition with Denis Dufour. He attended the Institute of Active Musical Methods, also in Lyon, and graduated from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris.

As a sound engineer he worked on many documentaries and it is this experience that allowed him to create the stunning cycle Titakti out of field recordings he made during an extended stay in the Canadian North (Nunavut and Northwestern Territories). The result of years of research and immersion in Inuit culture during the 1980s, Titakti (empreintes DIGITALes, 1995) remains his most important accomplishment as an electroacoustician. Meta Incognita, the first finished piece of the set was premiered at the Prix International Noroit-Léonce Petitot and selected for the CD Prix International Noroit 1991.

Le Goff also composes for conventional instruments. His chamber opera Faits divers premiered in France, in May 2001.

… [a] stunning cycle…

Critique

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, no. 40, Wednesday, October 11, 1995

Chut! Est-ce le vent? D’où viennent ce souffle dans la toundra, cette parole dans le froid? Fascination de l’environnement qui semble vide d’objet, qui se déploie tout d’un coup, plein de sens.

Cette musique électroacoustique (ou acousmatique, ou électronique, ou concrète, je ne veux pas blesser Philippe Le Goff dans son allégeance esthétique) est de la plus pure poésie. Comme un poème, on prend une œuvre, on l’écoute dans le noir et le silence, et un univers se déploie lentement, tranquillement et sereinement devant nous.

Pas d’agressivité. Le Français s’est pris de vraie affection pour les Inuits et le Grand Nord; il nous rend cela avec une humilité qui émeut. Au delà des querelles esthétiques et politiques, il y a ici de la musique de l’âme, de la vraie, qui aspire l’auditeur dans un délicieux vertige.

Que de goût dans ce disque! Que de réserve et de discrétion. Des secrets se cachent. Essayez de les découvrir…

Que de goût dans ce disque! Que de réserve et de discrétion.

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