Christian Eloy


Christian Eloy (1945, Amiens, France) is a French composer who studied flute at the Conservatoire national de région in Amiens, then furthermore at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique (CNSM) in Paris.

He taught electro-acoustic composition at the Conservatoire national de région in Bordeaux. He worked within the electro-acoustic music assisted by computer workshop of the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) and at city of Paris. Also, he was teaching musicology in the universities of Bordeaux I & Bordeaux III. He's the founding member of composer's association Octandre and he director of the Studio de création et de recherche en informatique musicale électroacoustique (SCRIME) at the University of Bordeaux 1.


Fold-in, 8’10
performed at ACOUSMONIUM 2024 in echoraum / Vienna
Acousmatic piece – dedicated to Ying-Chien Wang, highly talented ehru performer
Commissioned by Taiwan Music Institute and TPMC for International Taiwan Music Festival 2017

Fold-in is an acousmatic piece whose sounds come entirely from this instrument, very popular in Asia: the
erhu, sometimes called the Chinese violin.
During the sound recordings, some characters of the instrument immediately asserted themselves: a very
active tone, huge energy, a very marked timbre, a very long and intense sustain of the bow, a wide register
of dynamics and highly varied play modes.
The reverse side of these strong characters is that here we have a highly identifiable instrument,
sometimes connoted, whose genes are perceptible in all the manipulations.
The fold-in refers to techniques used in literature, with permutations, by William S. Burroughs and Brian
Gysin in the years 1950 to 1960, whose work The Third Mind combines these different experiences.
These techniques naturally bring to mind the techniques for editing concrete music in its beginnings, then
for editing electroacoustic music with the development of a true language arising from these elementary
manipulations; the different experiences with collective works and exquisite cadavers practised in the
nineteen sixties by French experimental studios will also be remembered (GRM, GMEB).
I have therefore retained these strong characters of the erhu (tone, sostenuto, timbre, pizzicato etc.),
keeping the morphologies, the “allure“ and other Schaefferian criteria, in order then to construct the
discourse in a relatively simplicity of editing and mixing, including processes similar to fold-in.
Thank you to Ying-Chien, for these precious sounds.

Random Access Memory, 1998, 5’
L’estran (The strand), 1998, 12’
Eneyida, 2022, 08’30
Le Chant du bollard (The song of bollard), 2007, 12’
La cicatrice d’Ulysse (The scar of Ulysses), 2015, 13’
Blue rest, 2023, 10’

Presenting his compositions in his own words: