Media Coverage

Interviews, reviews and various media coverage of Maxime Goulet’s work as a composer.

Classical Music Interviews

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his composition United Anthems. Global News, April 24th, 2017

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his composition Symphonic Chocolates. Global News, November 14th, 2014.

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his composition Symphonic Chocolates. France 3, March 28th, 2017

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his concerto A Bassoon Circus. OSL, March 3rd, 2017

Interview with Maxime Goulet and stage director Mylène Lapierre about his opera Bungalopolis. SMCQ, Feb. 16th, 2011

Classical Music Reviews

“I loved A Puppet Parade because I was able to imagine the puppets and their story while the orchestra and its conductor were playing. The movement that I liked the most is “the wolf” because I find it fast and exciting. Did you know that Maxime Goulet composed this piece when he was still a student at the University? He’s really good, isn’t he?”
– Éléna Dostie (10 years old), Oct. 10, 2018

“[In Checkmate!] The famous game’s 73 moves translate quite smoothly from chessboard to sheet music. The actions of the players often mirror each other so that the white knight follows suit after its black counterpart, for example, creating an idiomatic form similar to that of a concerto. […] I think that creating an immersive experience like this is brilliant. It’s certainly the way of the future.”
Houston Chronicle, Elizabeth Knox, Sept. 19, 2018

“Cool. A chess game for piano and orchestra based on my first game against Deep Blue [Checkmate!] “
Garry Kasparov, Twitter, Sept. 21, 2018

“It works! I had a bite of the coffee-infused chocolate and that’s exactly the music I heard – the pairing [of Symphonic Chocolates] is perfect.”
– Médium Large, Catherine Perrin, Mar. 2018

“The exquisite compositions by well-known young Quebec composer Maxime Goulet brought a freshness to the concert and allowed us to explore a whole new connection to music. […] His symphonic works named after different chocolates matched perfectly with their namesake treats. With Caramel Chocolate, it was decadence, languid and rich. For Dark Chocolate, the intense bitterness was translated into a rhythmic musicality that hinted at seduction. In Mint Chocolate, a fresh breeze could be heard rather distinctly at the end of the movement. And finally, it was Coffee-infused Chocolate, with its Brazilian flavour expressed through the samba rhythm. These movements were accompanied by chocolates, and heightened their flavours as well as their textures. It was a memorable moment of discovery. What’s more, I must admit that having a Quebec artist enthrall us with these uncommon notions won me over completely.”
– EstriePlus, Sarah-Eve Desruisseaux, Mar. 28, 2018

“The public really seemed to be enjoying themselves Saturday night at the Maurice-O’Bready Hall for the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra’s concert, whose title was “Classics and Chocolate!”. […] The name of the movements [of Symphonic Chocolates] was enough to make you hungry: Caramel chocolate, dark chocolate, mint chocolate and coffee-infused chocolate … Fortunately, the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra had the good idea of selling at the door small boxes of four chocolates corresponding to the names of each movements. We could feel the caramel flow in our mouth while listening to the sound of the strings, feel the bitterness of dark chocolate with the staccatos of wind instruments or the exotic touches of coffee recalled by the string pizzicatos, ukulele style.”
– La Tribune, Camille Dauphinais-Pelletier, Mar. 24, 2018

“[Jean-Willy Kunz] began with an extended solo fanfare, Maxime Goulet’s Citius, altius, fortius! This reviewer has heard nothing like that theatrical, rousing organ sound since his mom took him to Radio City Music Hall as a kid.”
All About Jazz, Victor L. Schermer, Feb. 18, 2018

“A brilliant ouverture composed for the 2010 winter Olympics Games in Vancouver. […] Citius, Altius, Fortius! (Faster, Higher, Stronger!) certainly lives up to its name.”
Pipedreams, Michael Barone, Jan. 15, 2018

“[A Bassoon Circus is] an amusing work by Maxime Goulet, created by Michel Bettez and the Laval Symphony Orchestra, in which the soloist must not take himself too seriously…”
– Ludwig van Montréal, Frédéric Cardin, Nov. 20th, 2017

“Composer Maxime Goulet had a delicious idea – to write a musical suite about chocolate, seguing the sounds through signatures that correspond with various types of chocolate. Then he had an even better idea – to let audiences eat those chocolates while listening to the music. Symphonic Chocolates is the Canadian composer’s resulting work, an all-encompassing, multisensory experience that has challenged the idea of a traditional classical music concerts – and maybe even how to eat chocolate. Featuring varying tempos and temperaments, the piece takes audience members on an engaging journey through a lyrical melody resembling the creamy richness of drizzling caramel to an energetic allegro inspired by Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer, and its upbeat samba rhythms. In the middle movements, a dissonance in the music reflects the bitterness of dark chocolate, inciting visions of a seductive tango. The musicians then create an auditory sensation of the icy coldness of mint chocolate hitting the tongue – powerful enough to cause a chill to run up one’s spine. The sound, which is high-pitched and metallic, is produced when violinists use effects like a tremolo, a rapid back and forth motion of the bow.”
– The Houston Chron, Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Nov. 16, 2017

“[Three Games for Orchestra and Beach Ball] Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier has rarely been so joyful and boisterous.”
– Le Journal de Montréal, Christophe Rodriguez, Sept. 30, 2017

“[Three Games for Orchestra and Beach BallAudience members at the orchestra-level actually participated and, in a friendly, light-hearted atmosphere, all played together with a giant inflatable ball.
– Le Devoir, Christophe Huss, Sept. 30, 2017

“[Three Games for Orchestra and Beach Ball] Powerful and unexpected moments […] A crowd game was also specially invented for the concert: the whole orchestra-level audience began to push around a giant inflatable ball to reach specific targets and avoid obstacles. Everyone had a great laugh!
–, Ambrune Martin, Sept. 30, 2017

“After the concert, you could easily feel the pride of the children. An extraordinary experience! [Symphonic Factory]”
L’école et les arts, June 14, 2017

“[United Anthem is] a welcoming olive branch of music. […] Goulet’s piece embraces Canada in the context of the wider world. […] It’s fascinating to listen for how Goulet strings anthems together, from Peru to the Philippines. […] It’s amazing to see how much musical wealth can be packed into just two and a half minutes.”
WQXR Classical New York, James Bennett II, June 5, 2017

“Moussa, Bilodeau, Goulet, Champagne, and a few others […] In fact, our contemporary music, far from chapels and ayatollahs, is experiencing its quiet revolution.”
Le Devoir, Christophe Huss, June 3, 2017

“[United Anthem is] an amazing two-minute and a half mash-up of 35 national.”
Classic FM, Lizzie Davis, May 9, 2017

“[United Anthem is] a brilliant idea! […] The anthems connects so well. […] A beautiful feat.”
Global News, Morning News, Apr. 24, 2017

“The work [A Bassoon Circus], fanciful and accessible, is very well written, filled with comic effects, and everyone has fun, including musicians.”
La Presse+, Caroline Rodgers, March 2017

“With its catchy melodies and skillful orchestration, Citius, Altius, Fortius! more than held its own alongside the American symphonic repertoire.”
Steve Bergeron, La Tribune, Feb. 19, 2017

Not only is this approach unique to a classical concert, but the composer himself is unique to the genre [Symphonic Chocolates].
Lancaster Online, Sept. 3, 2015

Gift ideas for 2014: our top 5. For the music fans in your life: the “Symphonic Chocolates” package includes a soundtrack in which each movement corresponds to a fine chocolate.
Voir (Newspaper), Dec. 4, 2014

A very cool idea and a fun experience! [Symphonic Chocolates]
Global News, Nov. 14, 2014

A new experience on a whole other level! [Symphonic Chocolates]
CBC, Daybreak Montreal, Nov. 2014

“An amusing work [Présentation concertante] intended to serve as soundtrack to present the musicians.”
Caroline Rodgers, La Presse, Oct. 24, 2014

“Goulet’s music is very listenable and narrative driven with this piece [Fishing Story] a story about the young boy who is befriended by Hemingway’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’ and what happens to him next.”
Ontario Arts Review, Aug. 12, 2014

“As for the chocolates at the top of the menu, they accompanied the performance of a suite by Maxime Goulet [Symphonic Chocolates] in which the four movements are meant to evoke as many flavours: caramel, dark, mint, and coffee. On stage, the young composer described each piece, sampling a chocolate and inviting those in the audience who had purchased the exquisite little box of four chocolates to do the same. For the chocolates, we score 10 out of 10. For the music: let’s say that in a languorous or South-American style, it succeeds.
La Presse, May 7, 2014

“Instead of raising a glass, the audience will be able to enjoy four little chocolates during the performance of this suite in four short movements [Symphonic Chocolates] that, we are told, each evoke a different flavour of chocolate: caramel, dark, mint, and coffee.”
La Presse, May 6, 2014

A chocolate tasting at the symphony: Maxime Goulet’s Symphonic Chocolates is a delicious sensory experience.”
CBC, InTune, Feb. 2014

“The most original part of the concert was the premiere of Maxime Goulet’s composition [Fishing Story]. […] Goulet has once again demonstrated that he had no fear of the melody, or musical narrative. As icing on the cake, clarinetist Kornel Wolak was actor in a cleverly scripted piece.”
Christophe Huss, Journal Le Devoir, Feb. 26, 2014

An original idea supported by a clever music, immediately pleasant and very cinematographic [Symphonic Chocolates].
Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, Feb. 14, 2014

“Composer Maxime Goulet joined forces with Geneviève Grandbois to create Symphonic Chocolates, four orchestral movements to be listened to while enjoying an assortment of chocolates! The idea, original to say the least, is backed-up by skilful, immediately pleasant, very cinematographic music in the tradition of light classical music.”
Le Devoir, Feb. 14, 2014

“If you have no desire to go out and you are both music enthusiast and foodie, then composer Maxime Goulet’s packaged CD and chocolate duo could meet all your Valentine’s Day needs. In the comfort of your own home, why not give yourself the Symphonic Chocolates experience, that is to say listen to an orchestral suite in four movements while enjoying a box of Geneviève Grandbois chocolates created specially to complement the symphony.”
Voir (Newspaper), Feb. 6, 2014

“Around Valentine’s Day, we often tend to associate chocolate with a heart-shaped box of inexpensive treats purchased on sale at the grocery store. Happily, there are initiatives that succeed in restoring the noble pedigree of the sweetest of poisons: Symphonic Chocolates.”, Feb. 6,  2014

“An off-the-wall idea that makes classical music more festive. […] Symphonic Chocolates is pure happiness.”
Patrick Masbourian, Radio-Canada, Jan. 27, 2014

“A wild idea that makes classical music more festive. Symphonic Chocolates exudes happiness.”
Radio-Canada, PM, Jan. 27, 2014

“It’s the mildly insane gamble taken up by chocolatier Geneviève Grandbois and composer Maxime Goulet when they combined their talents to create four musical movements matched with four chocolates specially designed for this audio-gastronomical experience [Symphonic Chocolates]. (…) Worth discovering!”
Voir (Newspaper), Jan. 21, 2014

“The audience enthusiastically participated in both eating and listening and thoroughly enjoyed both, especially the dark chocolate habanera [Symphonic Chocolates]. We were sure we would be hearing many more works by this talented young composer in the years to come.”
Ontario Arts Review, Aug. 3, 2012

Symphonic Chocolates should be among the regular repertoire of all orchestras. Maxime Goulet combines appealing textures, rich orchestral colours and and genuine invention in this work which unusually adds the sense of taste to that of sound. It has proved a huge success with musicians and audience.” 
Boris Brott, Aug. 2012

What a Day has that element of genius – simplicity, modernity a sense of humour AND immediate connection with an audience! It was a joy to be part of its creation process.”
Boris Brott, May 2011

“It took great audacity to adapt this work as a contemporary cabaret-opera. The challenge was taken up brilliantly! […] [Bungalopolis is] an excellent way to introduce contemporary music and opera to the most reluctant geeks of the world!”
– Les Langues salles, Feb. 22, 2011

Bungalopolis truly veers off the beaten path. […] Daring, risk-taking, audacious, zany, new, almost experimental could all describe the show. […] The staging and the music managed a near-perfect arranged marriage.”
– Le Quotidien, Roger Blackburn, Feb. 24, 2011

“Mixing comic strips and contemporary music? What an excellent idea! We warmly recommend this unique incursion into the zany universe of comic strip author Jean-Paul Eid. The creators of Bungalopolis have managed to capture, quite humorously, the cartoonist’s spirit of absurdity.”
– Journal Métro Montréal, Feb. 17, 2011

“[Bungalopolis] really veers off the beaten path, that of opera, of music, of theatre, from which it does, however, retain certain conventions that launch us into the zany universe of comic strips. […] Nothing is to be taken seriously; we must catch the references (subtle or not) and let ourselves be carried away by this joyful mélange of absurdity, of ridicule, of hilarity.”
– Spécial du jour, Feb. 3, 2011

Video Game Music Interviews

Interview with Maxime Goulet about the Montreal Video Game Symphony concert for the 375th Anniversary of the City of Montreal. Global News, September 27th, 2017

Interview with Maxime Goulet and conductor Dina Gilbert about the Montreal Video Game Symphony concert, for the 375th Anniversary of the City of Montreal. TVA, September 28th, 2017

Interview with Maxime Goulet about the Video Game Symphony concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. ICI Radio-Canada, March 27th, 2018

 Interview with Maxime Goulet and conductor Dina Gilbert about the Montreal Video Game Symphony concert, for the 375th Anniversary of the City of Montreal. Radio-Canada, September 29th, 2017

Maxime Goulet presents his Montreal Video Game Symphony concert with conductor Dina Gilbert for the 375th Anniversary of the City of Montreal

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his music for the video game Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. Global News, November 13th, 2015

Maxime Goulet’s presentation of his live interactive music performance of the video game Dungeon Hunter 2, at the Montreal International Game Summit, on November 2010.

Livestream with Maxime Goulet about his music for the video game Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. March 17th, 2017

Livestream #73 with Maxime Goulet about his music for the video game Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. July 29th, 2016

Livestream #33 with Maxime Goulet about his music for the video game Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. Sept. 18th, 2015

Video Game Music Reviews

“The music is pretty good, leading to a polished overall presentation [Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War].”
God is A Geek, Dec. 22, 2014

“A music that brings out the best of every moment [Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War].”
Kick My Geek, Dec. 18, 2014

“Excellent cinematic music”
“From the relentless action that drives this game forward to the triumphant, cinematic music that accompanies it, Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front is an impressively executed gaming experience”

Slide to Play, Jan. 2014

“The musical score [Dungeon Hunter 2] is strong with an orchestral style.”
– Touchgen, Jan. 12, 2014

“The music in the game [Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front] is fantastic, as are the sound effects… working together so well at times that you could swear you are watching Saving Private Ryan.”
Touch Gen, Jan. 12, 2014

Dungeon Hunter 4 is one of the, if not the, best looking and sounding games in the iTunes store. This extends beyond the movies, too. In-game graphics are colorful and varied, while the music and even the voice acting can be a pleasure to listen to. […] Sound rating: 4.5 stars”
148 Apps, Apr. 11, 2013

“The excellent graphics, dramatic music and high-quality voice acting provide the potential for a hugely immersive experience that rivals computer and console games [Dungeon Hunter 4].”
Inside Social Games, Apr. 10 2013

“As mind blowing as the graphics are, the soundtracks used in this game is no exception. The Amazing Spider-Man packs quite a bit of audio content that just ensures that players gains the best experience possible for their mobile device. Even without the help of your earbuds, the speakers on your device will still give you one of the best tunes from your favorite Spider-Man game and make your action-packed experience even better!”
Apprina, Jul. 2012

“There are amazing tunes and voice actors in this app game that will just immerse you into the world of Spider-Man. The music is definitely fitting and each sound effect is carefully selected to give you the best experience possible.”
GameTeep, Jul. 11, 2012

“The audio is great with good music and bustling city sounds [The Amazing Spider-Man].”
Unleash The Fanboy, June 29, 2012

“The music is powerful and effective [Dungeon Hunter 3].”
Game Zebo, Dec. 27, 2011

“Sound effects and music are great. Everything just blends together [Dungeon Hunter 3].”
App-Score, Dec. 2011

“The dark ambient music sets the games tone perfectly [Dungeon Hunter: Alliance].”
Movemodo, Oct. 2011

“The background music is suitably fantastical and dramatic [Dungeon Hunter: Alliance].”
App Modo, Oct. 2011

“The soundtrack is great [Dungeon Hunter: Alliance]!”
Touch My Apps, Oct. 7, 2011

“The game music and sounds are fantastic [Order and Chaos]. […] The music is as epic as you can get on iOS.”
App Critic, May 2011

“The music is technically a high quality [Order and Chaos].”
Digitally Downloaded, May 14, 2011

“The music is a particular standout [BackStab], […] it supports the look and feel with both emotion and atmosphere, giving the gaming a close to filmic quality.”
Touch Gen, Apr. 2011

“Music that all make the experience feel much higher-budget than its actual price would suggest [BackStab].”
Calm Down Tom, Apr. 7, 2011

“The composers who wrote the music in this game are VERY talented. Everything sounds is great, from the sword sounds to the menu song [BackStab].”
Pocket Full of Apps, June 30, 2011

“The sound design has an extensive library ensuring that no sound effect or music track becomes repetitious, and the music sets the mood for every setting and battle effectively. […] Overall the soundtrack [Dungeon Hunter 2] is memorable and appropriately epic.”
Game Dynamo, Dec. 9, 2010

“5 stars for Sound. […] The visual/audio experience of Siberian Strike is fairly impressive all around. […] The sound track is very good, and brings a very classic war movie feel to the game.”
Games Network, Apr. 2009

“Excellent soundtrack [Siberian Strike] — great bombastic tunes for the post-war setting.”
IGN Entertainment, Apr. 2009

“With its neat 3D graphics and smart audio, Castle Frenzy is a great example of a simple, fun and funny castle defence game”
Pocket Gamer, Nov. 30, 2009

“Much like the visuals, the audio presentation in the game [Ghost Mansion Party] is actually well done. There are plenty of spooky musical tracks and haunted sound effects to keep things interesting.”
“The various musical tracks […] is more than adequate for a game of this nature.”
Nintendo Life, Oct. 28, 2009

Film Music Interviews

Interview with Maxime Goulet about his film music concert at the Rendez-vous Québécois du Cinéma. March 7, 2013

Film Music Reviews

“The music [Hidalgo] is emotional and expansive, redolent of western wide open spaces and grand vistas. It demonstrates the range of this talented young composer.”
Ontario Arts Review, Aug. 8, 2013

“[Running is] melodic, approachable and fun.”
Ontario Arts Review, Aug. 8, 2013

“The film [Hidalgo] is a Western, so the broad melody and prominent strings and horns are conventions familiar to anyone who has listened to film music. It is, however, exactly what the scene required. […] I think Maxime Goulet is a major talent. He should have a long and successful career writing music for films or TV.”
Composer’s Notebook, Aug. 8, 2013

“The Running music changes constantly and is often motoric, sometimes employing gestures and conventions which have been used in music for animation for decades. This is a serious piece, however, in the sense that it is extremely detailed and worked out with a clear understanding of developments in new music. It’s a very convincing score which would bear listening to again.”
Composer’s Notebook, Aug. 8, 2013

“The good mood was there with 21, a particularly successful collaboration between Yann Ben Alluch and Maxime Goulet, the rhythm and the punches certainly playing an essential role.”
Clavier bien tempéré, Feb. 26, 2013