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Alain Thibault

Programme notes

This piece was originally composed for my video opera OUT which combines electroacoustics with video projection on 30 monitors and 2 giant screens, live digital video processing and MIDI video switching system, electronic percussion (Octapad and Kat MIDI controllers), MIDI saxophone (PitchRider MIDI converter) and soprano voice.

OUT tells the story of a being who travels mentally through simulated universes called “OUT-Realities.” In the year 2084, the world government led by a clone of President Reagan, rules the “OUT-Realities” psychic immigration for the earth inhabitants. Illusion and hallucination become everyday life and the way to eternal peace for those who cross over from the “in” to the “out” realities.


The four sections from the video-opera included here are: God’s Greatest Gift; Nô-Where; Impossible Orchestra; OUT-Réalité. The first section is constructed around a quote from a television speech by Ronald Reagan on abortion: “God’s greatest gift is human life.” The second and third sections may be performed live with MIDI instruments. The fourth section was extracted from a music video documenting the video opera.

OUT was realized at the Fairlight Studio of the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal and premiered at Le Spectrum de Montréal on December 5, 1985 by the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ). A new version of the video opera was presented in September 21, 1987 by New Music Concerts in Toronto. Thanks to Robert Leroux.


  • December 5, 1985, (S)PACE, Le Spectrum de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)
  • Composer(s): Alain Thibault
  • Year of composition: 1985, 86, 87
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0707440274 / T0705095391
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média


God’s Greatest Gift

  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0704545823
  • Duration: 2:44
  • ISRC: CAD509010006


  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0707440252
  • Duration: 3:37
  • ISRC: CAD509010007

Impossible Orchestra

  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0707440183
  • Duration: 3:32
  • ISRC: CAD509010008


  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0707440376
  • Duration: 3:36
  • ISRC: CAD509010009