Guillaume Boutard

Assistant Professor

Library and Information Studies

 517 Baldy Hall

Digital Curation & Preservation
Creative Process Documentation Methodology
Contemporary Music with Live Electronics
Digital Curation & Preservation
Data Curation
Information Technology

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Guillaume Boutard's research interests include digital curation and preservation, documentation methodologies for creative processes, in relation to arts and technology, but also computer-supported collaborative work and learning. He has conveyed several interdisciplinary study on the creative processes in contemporary music with live electronics or mixed-music as well as electroacoutic and acousmatic music, using research instruments coming from activity theory, cognitive linguistics, work psychology etc. His research was funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Quebec's Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture, as well as the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology. He has published in different high profile journals representing various disciplinary fields, including the Journal of Documentation, Archival Science, the Computer Music Journal and Musicae Scientae.

Educational Background

  • Postdoc., Faculté de musique, Université de Montréal, 2013-2015
  • Ph.D., Information Studies, McGill University, 2009-2013
  • M.Sc., Computer Science, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), 1999
  • M.Sc., Geophysics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), 1996

Professional Background

  • Research engineer, IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), Centre Georges Pompidou -- Paris, 2001-2009
    • project CASPAR (Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval)
    • project CUIDADO (Content-based Unified Interfaces and Descriptors for Audio/music Databases available Online)

Current Courses

  • LIS 503 - Special Topics: Digital Preservation and Curation
  • LIS 506: Introduction to Information Technology

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Selected Peer-Reviewed Papers

Boutard, G. (2016). Solo works of mixed music with live electronics: A qualitative enquiry in timbre and gesture from the performer’s perspective. Musicae Scientiae, 20(3), 361–391. [Pre-Print] [Online]

Boutard, G. (2016). Co-construction of meaning, creative processes and digital curation: the transmission of music with live electronics. Journal of Documentation, 77(4), 755–780. [Pre-Print] [Online]

Boutard, G. (2015). Towards Mixed Methods Digital Curation: Facing specific adaptation in the artistic domain. Archival Science, 15(2), 169–189. [Pre-Print] [Online]

Boutard, G., Guastavino, C., & Turner, J. (2013). A digital archives framework for the preservation of cultural artifacts with technological components. International Journal of Digital Curation, 8(1), 42-65. [Online]

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2012). Following gesture following: grounding the documentation of a multi-agent creation process. Computer Music Journal, 36(4), 59-80.

Boutard, G., & Guastavino, C. (2012). Archiving electroacoustic and mixed music: significant
knowledge involved in the creative process of works with spatialisation. Journal of Documentation, 68(6), 749-771.

Selected Book Chapters

Féron, F. X., & Boutard, G. (in press). Instrumentalists and solo works with real-time electronics: a contemporary form of chamber music? In F. Sallis, I. Burleigh, & L. Zattra (Eds.), Live-electronic Music: Composition, Performance, Study. Routledge.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Féron, F. X., & Boutard, G. (2017). Crossed perspectives on automated re-enactments: studying the creative process of acousmatic performances. In Proceedings of Tracking the Creative Process in Music. Huddersfield.

Boutard, G. (2015). Participatory digital repositories for the curation of performing arts with digital technology. In proceedings of iPRES conference 2015. Chapel Hill, NC.

Boutard, G., & Marandola, F. (2014). Mixed music creative process documentation methodology: outcomes of the DiP–CoRE project. In proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. Berlin.

Boutard, G., Guastavino, C., & Turner, J. M. (2012). Digital sound processing preservation: impact on digital archives. In Proceedings of the 2012 iConference (pp. 177-182). Toronto.

Selected Invited Presentation

Boutard, G. (2016, January). Tzadik, Arcana, and The Stone: John Zorn and the building of a community. presented at John Zorn: At the Crossroads of Musical Genres, Montreal, QC. Retrieved from

Boutard, G. (2014, May). Préservation des musiques mixtes : la place méthodologique du document sonore et des traces de l’activité. Invited talk presented at the Colloquium le document sonore, Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Retrieved from