Associations libres

Gilles Gobeil

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Duration: 3:00
  • Instrumentation: electric guitar and stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Commission: empreintes DIGITALes
  • ISWC: T0702933081


This piece was born of the desire after fifteen years, to collaborate with the guitarist René Lussier. Using his talent for improvisation, I have employed the wide variety of timbres and sound matter from his interpretation. The tape consists of a succession of very dense and expressive scenes onto which the guitar’s living and playful gestures are placed.

Gilles Gobeil [xi-90]

Associations libres [Free Associations] was realized in July, 1990 at the Studio Ondes (Montréal, Québec). Thanks to the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA). Associations libres was awarded the Silver Award — Most Outstanding Sound Design at the British Design & Art Direction 2002 (UK).



  • November 2, 1990, Montréal musiques actuelles / New Music America, Acousmonium: Concert 6: Électro clips, Théâtre Les Loges, Montréal (Québec)
  • March 7, 2015, Live mixed version premiere: Patrice Soletti, electric guitar; Julien Guillamat, diffusion • Figures du siècle, Salle Pasteur — Le Corum, Montpellier (Hérault, France)



  • [November 1992]
    Associations libres (1990, 3:00) by Gilles Gobeil