Robert Normandeau

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Duration: 3:01
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: empreintes DIGITALes
  • ISWC: T0715200331


ISRC CAD509813500

To my parents

This miniature was realized from sounds (onomatopoeias) used in comic books traditionally associated with the world of children. The piece is divided in three sections: Le monde de l’enfance (Child’s World), La vallée des fantômes (Phantoms’ Valley), and La quête de la voix (Search of the Voice). The voice of 11 year old Marie-Hélène Blain is the single sound element of the piece.

Robert Normandeau [xi-90]

Bédé — a pun on the abbreviation of “bande dessinée” (comic book) — was realized in my studio, the studio of the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal and the studio of the Ina-GRM with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA).



  • November 2, 1990, Montréal musiques actuelles / New Music America, Acousmonium: Concert 6: Électro clips, Théâtre Les Loges, Montréal (Québec)

  • [November 1992]
    Bédé (1990, 3:01) by Robert Normandeau