If I ruled the world: Electroacoustic student Lou Touchard

In the second instalment of our series on the country’s student community, we meet Lou, a student in electroacoustic at Mons’ Arts². Based in Brussels but hailing from the south of France, he talks to us about his passion for metal music, saving bees, freeing the world of Heineken beer and breeding otters in Scandinavia. You know, because “Otters are so fucking cool man and Scandinavia is beautiful!” .


What did you always want to be when you grow up?

Like many other boys, I wanted to be a football player. I played as a goalkeeper for a few years, but got injured and then was forced to stop. Music was part of my life since I was little, I’ve been listening to rock and metal since I was five years old. I started to play drums when I was 13 and then decided to be a musician. Being a producer or just working with music was way more powerful than kicking a ball.

What do you study, and where?

I study electroacoustic music composition at Arts² in Mons. Actually, most of the courses are given at Music & Recherche, a studio and institute about electroacoustic and more precisely acousmatic music.

Why did you choose to study what you study?

I listen to a lot of contemporary electronic, and I got really curious about it. Before that I studied musicology in France and I got a little tired of it, so I decided to give it a try.

What do your parents think of your choice?

Talking with your parents can be difficult, especially if you choose a “non conventional” career, but mine were very comprehensive. There are a lot of people that can’t find a decent job with an administrative or economy master you know, and that’s sad. I guess my parents are happy that I’m studying something I really love.

How do you think what you’re studying today can change tomorrow?

I guess that not everybody is interested in electroacoustic but the music world is constantly changing. Before they were strong barriers between “serious” and popular music, but these are being broken down now – you can see it in electronic or jazz. And I want to contribute towards eliminating these barriers as it also inspires people to free their minds.

What is your dream job?

I would like to breed otters in Scandinavia. Otters are so fucking cool man and Scandinavia is beautiful!

If you could choose, what would you dedicate your career to?

I want to be a musician and I’ll try to make it happen.

What do the next 10 years look like in an ideal world?

Travelling a lot. Meeting new people. And getting married to a kawai-busty-cyborg-girlfriend (you know it).

What is missing on your CV today?

A completed degree followed by a first EP and finally a show. That would be nice.

What would you say is the main element that enriches your local student life?

A few friends of mine have an exhibition space called “Le Kabinet” which covers a large area in art, from painting to architecture and engraving. They’re based in Brussels; go check them out! Café Central also has some nice, free concerts to go to.

What do you think is missing on college campuses and in classrooms today?

Some cultural corners where you can meet, talk, read, watch, play, etc … Libraries are plenty of nice books but it’s too damn quiet!

What is missing in your local student life?

Students, ha-ha. I only know a few people here because I’m not in a big school (more teachers than students). We’re just four students in the class. I go out alone, but I only seem to meet older people. I miss student parties.

What do you spend most of your free time doing?

I spend most of my time listening to or making music. I also play a lot of video games, online and offline. I also have a webzine with a friend, so we need some time to edit and write everything.

What would you say is the album you’ll remember as the soundtrack to your student years?

That’s a hard question! I don’t really have a “classic” album that you sing to with friends when drunk or that kind of stuff. However I do have an awesome memory that is linked to a specific album. I made a road trip two years ago with some friends of mine and we listened to Metaphorical Music by Nujabes about two or three times a day. We still laugh about it; it was like a leitmotif.

What question should we have asked you that we did not?

Maybe you should ask me, what I will do the day I rule the world.

What will you do the day you rule the world?

I’ll seek those reptilian-illuminati people currently dominating the world. Then I’ll remove Heineken from the market, (come on guys, could you really call this a beer?!) save the bees, teach school kids about meshuggah. It’s a good program, don’t you think?

Lou runs music platform just-experiment.fr