On the trail of 1970s folk and rock, and by way of playing the guitar, electric bass, and cello, Alain Dauphinais’s musical path eventually led him to Michel Longtin, with whom he studied composition (1983-89). He later earned a degree in the discipline from the Université de Montréal, as well as one in music education from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Dauphinais’s questioning of the traditional concert format began as the immediate result of his participation in a workshop on the sonic environment, given by R. Murray Schafer in 1987. From that moment on, he resolutely directed his creative endeavours towards questions of space and the movement of space—aspects of music that are as important to him as pitch, duration, and timbre. Dauphinais is a founding member of Espaces sonores illimités. His music has been heard in Montréal, Toronto, and Bulgaria. A contributor to the multi-authored Millennium Symphony (2000), Dauphinais has worked on a number of theatre productions with stage director René-Richard Cyr.