Welcome to Sonus
Be heard here!
The new Sonus motto encourages Users to "Listen; Hear" and Artists to "Be heard here!" as the CEC, through Sonus, continues to be the leader for national and international access to Canadian electroacoustic practices.
The catalog of Sonus.ca, a web-based audio resource, has a growing collection of nearly 3000 electroacoustic works by over a thousand Canadian and international composers dating from the early-1960s to the present.
Create a user account and build your own playlists. For those interested, it would take about 370 hours to play the entire collection once.
The CEC invites composers / audio and sound artists to submit works to be added to the collection. For information on submitting multi-channel files, please consult the Multichannel Submission Guidelines.
Files are streamed. Multi-channel pieces may be manually downloaded, at the composer’s discretion.
In the late 1980s the CEC decided to build a system to allow the playback of works in its possession. The initial structure was designed with a clear vision of future developments and from the late-1980s to about 2003 the collection grew and continued to be documented by the CEC. The first public version of Sonus dates from 2003, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Yves Gigon: Project Management, Databases and Web Production
Jean-François Denis: Databases and Web Design
David Turgeon: Programming and Web Design
Jef Chippewa: Copy Editing and English translation
Yves Charuest: French Translation
- First of all, the artists who have contributed the works found here.
- The SOCAN Foundation has generously supported the maintenance and growth of the site.
- Jean-François Denis and DIFFUSION i MéDIA have supported the creation and growth of this project for more than 30 years.
- The Canada Council for the Arts supported the early development of the project through their Targeted Initiatives programme.