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La ville machine

Gilles Gobeil, Lyette Limoges

Programme notes

“When the act is committed, when the threat is carried out, reason dictates the impossible. They believed it, all of them.” La ville machine (The Machine City) is an electroacoustic drama on the subject of sound ecology.


La ville machine was realized in the composer’s studio. It was presented at the 7e Printemps électroacoustique de Montréal during the radio program Sons d’esprit on CKUT FM in Montréal. It was also presented in concert on June 20, 1992 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. La ville machine was commissioned by the Association pour la création et la recherche électroacoustiques du Québec (ACREQ) with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA). Thanks to Hélène Mondoux and François Godin (narration) and to the children of the École nouvelle Querbes in the city of Outremont. In 1993, La ville machine was awarded the Grand Prize at the SOCAN Award for Composers 30 Years of Age and Over.


  • June 18, 1992, Concert, CKUT FM, Montréal (Québec)


  • Composer(s): Gilles Gobeil
  • Writer(s): Lyette Limoges
  • Year of composition: 1992
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: ACREQ, with support from the CCA
  • ISWC: T0704788271
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Duration: 14:45
  • ISRC: CAD509411130