James Giroudon holds degrees in art history, sociology, and education from the Université de Lyon. Following initial studies in music, he obtained a degree at the Paris Conservatory where he studied with Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Riebel. As a professor at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM) in Saint-Etienne, from 1982 to 1990 Giroudon created a programme in electroacoustic music. With Pierre-Alain Jaffrennou, in 1981 he co-founded Grame in Lyon and co-directed it ever since. In 1992, he created the Festival de Musiques en Scène in Lyon. Giroudon composes electroacoustic and mixed works for soloists, instrumental groups and electronic ensembles, as well as pieces for musical theatre. His works have been played by numerous international soloists and ensembles, and are regularly performed abroad, as part of Grame concert tours, and by invitation in Europe, China and Canada. A number of his works have been recorded and published by Fontane, ECM, Nova Musica, and ÂmeSon. He is co-authoring a paper about mixed music combining instruments and electronic devices.