Portrait: Philippe Le Goff

François Couture, AllMusic, August 1, 2001

Composer, sound engineer, music teaching specialist, and passionate about Inuit culture, Philippe Le Goff leads a number of professional lives, which tends to put his musical activities aside. Yet, his 1995 CD Titakti remains a vibrant electroacoustic tribute to the Canadian North.

Born August 15, 1957 in Le Raincy (France), Le Goff started piano lessons at age 7. He studied music at the Conservatory in Lyon, learning acousmatic composition with Denis Dufour. He attended the Institute of Active Musical Methods, also in Lyon, and graduated from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris.

As a sound engineer he worked on many documentaries and it is this experience that allowed him to create the stunning cycle Titakti out of field recordings he made during an extended stay in the Canadian North (Nunavut and Northwestern Territories). The result of years of research and immersion in Inuit culture during the 1980s, Titakti (empreintes DIGITALes, 1995) remains his most important accomplishment as an electroacoustician. Meta Incognita, the first finished piece of the set was premiered at the Prix International Noroit-Léonce Petitot and selected for the CD Prix International Noroit 1991.

Le Goff also composes for conventional instruments. His chamber opera Faits divers premiered in France, in May 2001.

… [a] stunning cycle…

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