Solitude, relationships, and imagination: inside this Montreal musician's first movie score

You may go into a trance watching Jean-Michel Pigeon as he builds the music that will build the mood for upcoming film Crash Test Aglaé.

Montreal's Jean-Michel Pigeon walks us through his process

Moving from his piano to his computer, Jean-Michael Pigeon takes CBC Arts through his process in creating a film score. 2:20

Montreal-based musician Jean-Michel Pigeon has been immersed in music for a long time, most notably with his band Monogrenade. Now, he's taking on a new challenge — scoring the upcoming film Crash Test Aglaé. For Pigeon, this means collaborating with other musicians, spending a lot of time in the studio, and losing himself in the images he sees on a screen.

"When I watch a great movie or a great show, you forget your life for a little time," he explains.

In this segment directed by Guillaume Alcaraz, we travel to Montreal to watch Pigeon at work, witnessing a glimpse of a score as it's built — note by note.

Follow Pigeon on Twitter here.

And watch Exhibitionists Sundays at 4:30pm (5 NT) on CBC.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.