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As a composer, I write notably un-classical music for classical instruments. Through simple patterning and subtle variation, I seek to build intricate yet clear structures and sounds.
As a performer, I do exactly the opposite; I create noisy and chaotic textures, usually with mutant guitars or homemade circuits. I often root around in thrift stores, hunting for odd sounds in the world of forgotten electronics.
Somewhere between these two extremes lies my work as a sound designer. I have spent countless hours in darkened sound booths crafting rich soundscapes for productions of several theatrical works.
I am also committed to fostering music in the community, having held various administrative and organizational roles in several local arts and not-for-profit organizations.
Academically, I hold a BMus degree from Laurier, as well as MMus and DMus degrees from the University of Alberta.
As a teacher, I strive to help students develop their own creative voice by exploring the intersections between imagination and technique. Some of the greatest experiences in my life have been those "aha!" moments where you make profound discoveries about music and in turn about yourself. What drives me as a teacher is to guide and inspire that experience in someone else.
Languages spoken: English, French
Personal website: www.colinlabadie.com.
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