History and Accomplishments
The ensemble is the oldest continuous live-electronic group in the world. Before synthesizers became practical in live performance (early results were played on tape), its members sometimes designed and built their own instruments. Members of the group were artists-in-residence at York University in 1976, acted as music consultants for the Structured Sound Synthesis Project of the Computer Systems Research Group of the University of Toronto, and in 1978 became co-ordinators of a research project on the life and discoveries of the electronic-music pioneer Hugh Le Caine. The ensemble has performed several of its works for radio broadcasts in Canada, the US, France, Sweden, and Germany. In 1985 it was invited to participate in the European Broadcasting Union's International Art of the Fugue project. It often collaborates with other individuals or groups (such as Trio Collectif), and has performed concerts featuring the works of specific non-CEE composers such as Tim Brady, Gustav Ciamaga, Gustavo Matamoros, and Bernard Parmegiani.
In fulfilling its schedule of concerts, demonstrations, lecture-recitals, and workshops, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble had commissioned and given premieres of over 100 Canadian works by 1990. Many such works were created at the ensemble's Toronto studio. The members, in addition to composing as individuals, have collaborated on over 40 compositions including Whale Oil (1973), Davies (1974), Piano Quintet (1976), Arnold (1977), Chaconne à son goût (1978), The Eye of the Beholder: an electronic journey (1980), Nightbloom, commissioned by COMUS Music Theatre and produced in 1984, Catbird Seat (1988), Attention Elk! (1996), Something Celtic (2004), Upper Canada Suite (2004), and It's Fun to Shop at Honest Ed's (2006). Other representative works include Jaeger's Favour (1982), Lake's Psalm (1985), Montgomery's Talisman (1988), Montgomery and Stillwell's Dojo (1996) and Stonehenge (1997), and Bolton's Small Breeze Through Long Grass (2004).
See also Electroacoustic music.
Symonds. Quintet for Clarinet and Synthesizers. Campbell clarinet. 1978. RCI 484
Canadian Electronic Ensemble - Chaconne à son goût. 1981. Centrediscs CMC-1
Beecroft. Consequences for Five. Kieser piano, Malone trumpet, Stimpson horn, Dowden trombone. (1982). 4-ACM 13
The Electronic Messiah. Elmer Iseler Singers, Iseler conductor. 1983. Moss Music Group D-MMG 113
Anthology of Electroacoustic Music in Canada. 1990. Radio Canada International RCI ACM 37 (4 CDs)
Catbird Seat. Cram flute; Armin Strings; Petrowska piano; L. Cherney oboe; Petric accordion. 1990. Trappist Trap-9003 (CD)
The Canadian Electronic Ensemble presents MEGAJAM. 1992. Trappist Trap-0006 (2 CDs)
SuperTrio. Trio Collectif. 1994. Trappist Trap-9004 (CD)
The Canadian Electronic Ensemble LIVE. 1998. Trappist Trap-9805 (CD)
Author Revised: Durrell Bowman
Littler, William. "The search continues for ideal way for group to communicate," Toronto Star, 16 Apr 1977
Kieser, Karen. "The excitement of that plug-in music," Fugue, Sep 1977
Lake, Larry. "Electronic music, a Canadian art," MusiCanada, 40, Sep 1979
Young, Gayle and Lake, Larry. "Electronic music: new kid on the block," Music, vol 9, Sep-Oct 1986
Lewis, David. Review of CEE Live, Exclaim!, 2 Feb 2000
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Electronic Ensemble
The website for the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, described as "the oldest continuous live-electronic group in the world." Features a history of this innovative ensemble, a discography, and many uncompressed high-quality audio files of selected performances.
The website for "Sounds Provocative," a research project that focuses on experimental music performance at festivals and concert venues across Canada. Click on the pictures on the left side of the screen for podcasts, video clips, links to Canadian musicians, performance sites, and related online resources. A University of Guelph website.
Hugh Le Caine fonds
Information page for the Hugh Le Caine fonds. From Library and Archives Canada.
Canadian Electronic Ensemble
A chronology of performances by the Canadian Electronic Ensemble. From the Concordia Archival Project, an archive of electroacoustic works from the 1960s–1990s held at Concordia University in Montréal. A PDF document.
The Music Gallery fonds
Information page for the "Music Gallery fonds" at York University. The Music Gallery is Toronto's Centre for Creative Music. Focuses on the creation, development and performance of art music from all genres.
Canadian Electronic Music Timeline
A timeline for electronic music in Canada. Check out the interactive version of this feature on HorizonZero's Flash site. From the multimedia magazine "HorizonZero."