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Born in Longueuil, Daoust began his musical studies at the age of seven, studying the piano with Alice Vigeant. At sixteen, his first experiments in electroacoustic music: he "prepared" the family piano in order to realize the soundtrack for a friend's 8 mm experimental film. At nineteen, Daoust completed his first electronic work: an hour of music for a gestual theater work to be premiered in Berlin (Germany) as part of an international amateur theatre festival. At twenty he entered the Conservatoire, initially in the piano class of Irving Heller and subsequently in the composition class of Gilles Tremblay.
After an encounter with Maurice Blackburn, Daoust entered a training program in film music techniques at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). This was followed by an apprenticeship at the IMEB from 1974-76. In this context he developed his style and solidified several friendships that endure to this day.
Back in Montréal in 1976, the composer returned to the NFB as a sound designer, but was sacked three years later. (Eventually, all composers were dismissed from their duties and the Sound Workshop closed.)
In 1978, Daoust collaborated in the creation of a first child (to which two others were added in '92 and '98). Together with a few colleagues he founded ACREQ (Association pour la création et la recherche électroacoustiques du Québec), which he later directed for a period of ten years.
In 1981 he was appointed professor at the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec, where he was mandated to develop programs in electroacoustics for both the Montréal branch and the Québec branch of the institution. He is still around
Since Daoust's official entry into the professional world of music in 1978, he has composed an average of one work per year, in various genres, for diverse occasions, and ensembles. His influences are many: film scores, naturally, but also John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Mauricio Kagel, Luc Ferrari, Alain Savouret, Karlheinz Stockhausen (Hymnen), Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and René Magritte.
List of works
- About Time (2005)
- Adagio (1986), flute, and tape
- Bruits (1997–2001)
- L'Entrevue (1991), accordion, and tape
- Fantaisie (1986)
- La gamme (1981, 2000)
- Il était une fois (conte sans paroles) (1986)
- Impromptu (1994)
- Impromptu [mixte] (1995), piano, synthesizer / sampler, and tape
- Joie (1992)
- Maurice Blackburn, ou portrait d'un méconnu (1982–95)
- Mi bémol (1990)
- Objets trouvés (2002)
- Ouverture (1989)
- Petite musique sentimentale (1984), piano, and tape
- Quatuor (1979)
- Résonances (1992)
- Solo (2003)
- Suite Baroque (1989)
- Le temps fixé (2004)
- Valse (1981), flute (and piccolo), Bb and Eb clarinets, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpet, electronic organ, amplified harpsichord, piano, electronic piano, violin, and tape
- Variations sur un air d'accordéon (1988), comedian-accordionist, and tape
- Water Music (1991)
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