After studies in music theory, Gilles Gobeil completed his Master’s in composition at Université de Montréal. Since 1985 he has concentrated on the creation of acousmatic and mixed works. His compositions approach what is known as “cinéma pour l’oreille” (cinema for the ear); many of them are inspired by literary works and seek to “visualize” them through the medium of sound.
Gobeil has been awarded more than twenty prizes and mentions in Canada and internationally, such as Destellos (Buenos Aires, 2012, 2011), Black & White (Portugal, 2009), Ars Electronica (Austria, 2005, 1995), Bourges (France, 2009, 1999, 1989, 1988), Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden, 1997, 1994), CIMESP (Brazil, 2001, 1999, 1997), Métamorphoses (Belgium, 2002, 2000), British Design & Art Direction (2002), Ciber@rt (Spain, 1999), Luigi Russolo (Italy, 1989, 1988, 1987), Newcomp (USA, 1987), SOCAN (Canada, 1993), Conseil Canadien de la Musique (1985), Brock University (1985), SDE Canada (1984). He received the Prix Opus 2004–05 (Disc of the Year) from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) for his disc Trilogie d’ondes; in 2003–04, Le contrat was a finalist in the same category.
He has received commissions from Codes d’Accès (Montréal), empreintes DIGITALes (Montréal), GMEB — Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges (France), GRM — Groupe de recherches musicales (Paris), Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (Germany), Miso Music (Lisbon), Musiques & Recherches (Belgium), Réseaux des arts médiatiques (Montréal), Société Radio-Canada, ZKM — Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Germany), Totem Contemporain (Montréal), Folkmar Hein, Oscar Wiggli and from the performers Suzanne Binet-Audet, René Lussier, Arturo Parra and Rick Sacks.
He has also been Composer-in-Residence at The Banff Centre (Canada, 1995, 1993), Bourges (France, 1991), GRM — Groupe de recherches musicales (France, 1993), Hochschule Franz Liszt de Weimar (2010), ZKM — Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Germany, 2012, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005) and was Guest Composer of the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Programme (Germany) in 2008.
Gobeil is currently a professor of music technology at Drummondville CEGEP, where he has been teaching since 1992, and has been Guest Professor of electroacoustics at the Université de Montréal (2005–06) and at the Montréal Conservatory (2007). He is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and co-founder of Réseaux, an association dedicated to the production of Media Art events.