Robert Normandeau

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


ISRC CAD509411000

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

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)


About this recording

This version is a stereophonic recording of multichannel sound diffusion realized at The Banff Centre for the Arts (engineers: Antonio Oliart and Stephanie Rogers; assistant: Jennifer Lewis) in July, 1993.


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