Biography

Mathieu Lacroix is a Canadian-born composer, producer and sound programmer based in the medieval capital of Norway. In 2010 after years of playing drums in several bands, he moved to Norway, taking one year to learn the language before starting a bachelor’s and later master’s in Music Technology at NTNU. Early on he decided to pursue his interests in the field of contemporary composition, especially within mixed music. This meant studying composition with some of Norway’s leading composers such as Terje Bjørklund, Henning Sommerro and Ståle Kleiberg, as well as studying electronics with the like of Øyvind Brandtsegg, Trond Engum and Andreas Bergsland. This led to an understanding of both instrumental and acousmatic music idioms within the field of contemporary music.

While still a student, Mathieu started working as a stagehand and sound technician for many different events and bands around the city of Trondheim. This included working with Kaija Saariaho doing the electronics for two concerts when she was in Trondheim, as well as being the concertmaster for DaFX in 2015. He also organized a short concert series for young contemporary music composers at NTNU.

His music is mainly mixed music that transcends the old idiom of tape music. He is interested in the use of real-time electronics and therefore has spent much time perfecting the art of programming. His music is written for both solo instruments and electronics, as well as larger ensembles. His music has been played both in Norway as well as Denmark. He has also worked several distinguished and prize-winning ensembles/artists both as a sound technician and composer.

He currently holds the position of Ph.D Candidate at NTNU, working in the field of mixed music, and the influence between electronic and compositional processes in contemporary music.

Publications

  • En støyguru i Trondheim (18.08.2014) – Ballade
  • Da programmert musikk var nytt (23.02.2015) – Ballade
  • Hva innebærer «HiFi-lyd»? (21.05.2015) – Ballade
  • The Producer/Composer – The hybridization of roles and how it affects production and composition of contemporary music (2016) – NTNU Open
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