Paul Clouvel


Paul Clouvel

Paul Clouvel is a music composer, electroacoustic music performer, concert organizer and music management consultant. His areas of expertise are mixed instrumental music, application music for installations, for video or for live performances. The major part of his production consists of electroacoustic pieces and mixed pieces for instruments and electroacoustics.

Paul has also developed an intensive practice as an interpreter and performer in electroacoustic music, and frequently plays the works of other composers in spatialized concerts. 

Paul Clouvel began music at a very young age, then turned to electroacoustic composition as a teenager. He attended Roger Cochini’s composition classes at the Bourges Conservatory of Music in France, from which he graduated three times (sound arts, composition, studio electroacoustic composition). He also studied orchestral conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, harmony at CIMP Paris, musicology at Paris IV-Sorbonne university, electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon France (CNSMD), computer music at the IRCAM summer academy in Paris, as well as Music technology production at Berklee College of Music Boston USA.

Paul Clouvel is very active in the sharing of music. He is the founder and artistic director of the Elektramusic (record label, concert season and management agency in contemporary music), sponsored by Meredith Monk (whom he hosted in concert in Strasbourg in May 2013). Clouvel also created Musiques Éclatées (classic, contemporary and jazz mini-festival). Paul also runs Mixed Music for Mixed People, a serie of experimental concert series, and also Elektramusic on YouTube, a channel dedicated to concerts, interviews and sharing of experimental music.

Clouvel is very involved in the management of music. He received a bachelor of arts in cultural management and business at University of Haute-Alsace (France), and certified in music business at Berklee College of Music Boston USA . He wrote a guide about what to know about the contemporary music business, published in French by the French ministry of culture.

His first mixed work for piano and electronics received a prize at the Russolo International Composition Competition in Italy. He also won a SACEM (French author’s rights society) prize for laureates in composition, as well as 3 creation grants. he also received a grant from PRS Performing Rights Society in Great-Britain. Paul Clouvel was granted and composer in residence for the City of Geneva (Switzerland) and at the EOFA (Embassy for foreign artists Geneva).

Paul Clouvel’s works have been performed at numerous festivals in Germany, Swiss, France and abroad, at concerts in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Havana (Cuba), New York (USA), as well as on national radio stations in Netherlands (Radio 4), Canada, Hungary, and France (France Musique).

He has produced musical installations for exhibitions (Château de Tours, Artboretum Place of Contemporary Art Argenton). Paul Clouvel was selected for the projects of VoxNovus in New York. It has been performed in concert at California Los Angeles Harbor College (USA), Goldsmiths College London (Great Britain), uMaine Farmington University (Maine USA), Sage College (AERO Conference, Troy New York), at the Art School of the University of Hartford (USA), at the University of Albany in New York (USA), at the Roosevelt University of Chicago (USA), at the Unconscious collective of New York (USA ), at the Essl Collection in Klosterneuburg (Austria), at Mills College in Oakland in California (USA), at the Kulturkiosken in Gavle (Sweden), at the Bijou Theater in Valencia in California (USA), at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Romania), at the All Ears Contemporary Music Festival in London (Great Britain), at the Galapagos in New York (USA), at the “Arts NOW series” (University of North Carolina, USA), at the Music Conservatory of Sydney (Australia), at the Stimultania gallery in Strasbourg, at the “Le Bruit de la Neige” festival (Annecy France), at the Futura festival (Crest, France), at the European Center for Contemporary Artistic Action (CEAAC) in Strasbourg.

His videomusic works have been performed at “Diagonale” and “Crossing Europe” festivals (Linz Austria), at the “WRO Expanded city” festival (Wroclaw Poland), at the La Rochelle international film festival, at the Animadrid festival (Spain), at TAPS/Scènes Strasbourgeoises (France) , at the Vilnius Animation Film Festival (Lithuania), at the Geneva Junction (Switzerland), at the Vienna Short Film Festival (Austria), at the FoFa Gallery (Montreal, Canada), at the Wintergreen Film and Performing Arts Festival ( Virginie USA), at the Miami International Film Festival (USA), at “Gare du Nord – Bahnhof für Neue Musik” in Basel (Switzerland), at the MAMCS Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg (France), at the auditorium of the Arditi foundation in Geneva (Switzerland), the Kugler foundry in Geneva, at Musikbrauerei Berlin, and at the Factory in Shenyang (China).


Awards and training

Luigi Russolo international composition competition prize
SACEM prize for conservatory laureates in composition
PRS Performing rights society bursary award
SACEM bursary for composer (3 times)
City  of Geneva – composer in residency and music bursary

Composition, electroacoustic music, computer music : Bourges Music Conservatory, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, IRCAM (main teachers : Roger Cochini, Marco Stroppa, Sir Georges Benjamin)
Harmony & Counterpoint : International music conservatory in Paris (teacher : Françoise Levéchin-Gangloff)
Orchestra conducting : Ecole Normale de Musique Paris (main teacher : Dominique Rouits)
Saxophone : differents places (main teachers : Jean Callendret, Philippe Lecocq)
Sound art and production : Bourges music conservatory, Berklee College of music Boston
Music business : Berklee College of music Boston, Université de Haute Alsace
Musicology : Paris IV Sorbonne university


“A culture of sound! Paul Clouvel sculpts sound material by dissolving aesthetic categories” – J.Isselé/DNA newspaper

“Paul Clouvel’s musical pieces, very lively and sometimes humorous, are full of references and winks, and are highlighted by a very precise and concise musical writing.” – D.Rambic/DNA newspaper

“His work is unlike any other, too intuitive for that. Paul Clouvel perfectly embodies the free figure of today’s musician.” – J.Isselé/DNA newspaper

The sounds are unidentifiable, but gradually take on a chamber orchestral guise, into which a Wild West choochoo whistle introduces the railway association. Numerous rhythms and sounds then pile up, one after the other, like shadows cast from a bygone era of steam trains, tracks beaten in break beats, tunnels muffling the roar of heavy motion, relentless inertia of might on the move…The rhythms arrive at a Central African pygmy percussion and a dream-state alteration of phases: very ingenious and listenable. Vocals are introduced in a backwards, slowing-down spiral, while railway crossing signals are treated like Christmas Carol bells! Gravel is poured down your left ear, while the likeness of Chowning FM synthesis run down your right ear. Nice work! You name it, we like it!” – Ingvar Loco Nordin in Sonoloco about “Canranc”

a clever and well executed piece of text-sound and electroacoustics, sliding back and forth between the realms of musique concrète, contemporary instrumental art music and electroacoustics as such! Very nice, full of life and unexpected jolts of sound and modulations, as you’re cast in and out of varying ambiences. Yes!Ingvar Loco Nordin in Sonoloco about “Speech”