ELVIS (Électro-lux, vertige illimité synthétique)

Walter Boudreau, Alain Thibault

  • Year of composition: 1985
  • Duration: 13:50
  • Instrumentation: saxophone quartet and stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média / Yul média
  • ISWC: T0729100633 / T0708801324


ISRC CAD509010010

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

The different sections of the piece come from the eight mutation phases of life as described by Timothy Leary in his book Exo-Psychology (1977).

“To fly towards the stars, the biological robot must go inside itself, be in control of its body, of its brain, of its DNA…”

Timothy Leary


ELVIS (Électro-lux, vertige illimité synthétique) was originally composed as a multimedia work with computer controlled visual support designed by Jacques Collin. It premiered on August 15, 1985 at Digicon ’85, the 2nd International Arts Conference on Computers and Creativity, in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada). The composition of this piece was made possible with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA) and the ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec. Arrangement of the saxophone parts: Walter Boudreau.


  • August 15, 1985, Digicon ’85 — 2nd International Arts Conference on Computers and Creativity, Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)


About this recording

This version was realized in 1987 in the studio of the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal (recording technician: Michel Bédard) and at the studio Bruit blanc (Montréal).