Belgian electronic music composer André Stordeur was born 1941 in Haine St Paul.
His musical career started in 1973 with a tape composition for the soundtrack to a film on Gordon Matta-Clark titled Office Baroque, by Eric Convents and Roger Steylaerts. Later in the 1970s, he participated to avantgarde music ensemble Studio voor Experimentele Muziek, founded in Antwerp, Flanders, by Joris De Laet in 1973. S.E.M.'s associate composers in the 1970s included: Dirk Veulemans, Paul Adriaenssens, Karel Goeyvaerts, Lucien Goethals and Serge Verstockt. Stordeur founded his own electronic music studio Studio Synthèse in 1973 in Brussels.
In 1979, he collaborated with Paul-Baudouin Michel on an electroacoustic music composition titled Phraséologie, recorded at the Institut voor Psychoacustica en Elektronische Muziek studio, aka IPEM, the Ghent University electronic music studio since 1962. Also in 1979, he published a solo recording of his electronic music titled 18 Days, with compositions using an EMS AKS and a modified 8 voice patchable Oberheim SEM1 system.
Since 1980, Stordeur composes exclusively on Serge synthesizer, either a Serge series 79 and a Serge prototype 1980, which was especially built for him by Serge Tcherepnin himself. Since 1983, Stordeur is Serge company's official consultant for Europe.
In 1981, Stordeur composed the music of Belgian film director Christian Mesnil's documentary Du Zaïre au Congo. He studied at IRCAM in 1981 with David Wessel and then flew to the US to study with Morton Subotnick, who was also a familiar figure at IRCAM between 1979 and 1981.
Stordeur became an influential sound synthesis teacher and, in 1997, completed his Art of Analog Modular Synthesis by Voltage Control, a guide to everything modular (Serge, EMS, etc.). Stordeur maintains the Analog Cottage website, where he offers some of his advices and articles.
In 2004, he contributed one track to a Serge synthesizer revival CD titled Serge Modular Music: Now, published by Egres, California. In 2009, Stordeur appeared on a version of Giacinto Scelsi's Tre Canti Popolari, published by the Sub Rosa (label), where he played electronic distortion of live instruments.
^ See Joris De Laet's official website, accessed December 2010.,
^ See Internationale Dokumentation elektroakustischer Music (or International Documentation of Electroacoustic Music), PFAU Verlag, Saarbrücken, Germany, 1996,
^ 12in vinyl LP on the Belgian Igloo Records label, ref. IG003, Brussels, 1979.,
^ Excerpts available online at The Analog Cottage website, accessed December 2010.,
^ The Analog Cottage website, accessed December 2010.,
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