The artistic route of Charles-Edouard Platel has for origin a passion for the electroacoustic music, while he formerly exercised his engineer job. His composer's approach was methodically developped through self-leaning by listening and experience feedback.
Born in Calais in 1946, he starts a scientific cursus at the University of Lille in 1963. That year, he get enthusiastic for a concert led by Pierre Schaeffer and bringing together the Musical Research Group and the Lasry-Baschet Sound Sculptures. So his mind and ears being open for research, experiments and new ideas, he continues studying general physics, then electronics.
Volunteer for cultural aid in Ivory Coast in 1970-1971, he benefits of this mission to perform recordings of African traditional music in some villages in the North of this country, particularly of balafon players. Back to France, from 1972 to 1990 he is software project manager for several industrial companies, in the fields of acoustic signals, automation and communication. Then he is software engineering senior consultant for project and company organizations.
In parallel, from 1983 to 1992, after a training at the Group of Experimental Music of Bourges, he set up his own electroacoustic studio and carries out his first musical compositions. He uses FM and analog synthesizers, phonographic captures, and practices the montage on a magnetic tape recorders bench.
From 1992, he adds to the studio a MacIntosh computer, operating as sequencer and for the montage. Then he implements a configuration enabling the audio and video montage.
During this period, his annotations taken during the composition work, during the listening to different area musical works and when reading some reference authors, are recorded and synthesized in an essay, "Musique Imaginaire (Imaginary Music)". The first version was released on his personal website in 1997. The aim of the book is double:
- to share with others the intuitions and discoveries made during his experience of self-leaning,
- to capitalize practices and guidance for his personal artistic approach, continuously in evolution and construction.
Since 2006, music represents his main creative activity.
Today he carries out aesthetic musical projects, personally and in association with other artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, choregraphers). He operates digital instruments that he appropriates or designs himself if need. He is member of the board of Helium, an artistic collective organizing events in the Valley of Chevreuse, near Paris.