Gilles Racot studied Visual Arts in Paris and is a self-taught composer. He was awarded a prize with distinction in the international Akademie der Künste Berlin composer’s competition (1970). He studied with Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel at the Paris Conservatoire (1979-82).
Since 1983 Gilles Racot has worked as a freelance with Ina-GRM (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel – Groupe de recherches Musicales). He has written several mixed pieces that combine instrumental musical material with pre-recorded computer transformations of the same material. He was also involved in designing a number of sound processing software systems. His instrumental writing has been enriched with techniques that techniques that evolved out of his work with sound.
He took part in the France Musique children’s radio programme "L’oreille en colimaçon" (1982-86). In 1985 Gilles Racot participated in the musical research carried out by IRCAM. He was prize winner of the Villa Médicis "Hors-les-murs" cometition (1995) and became a research composer in the "Analyse/Synthesis" team in IRCAM (1998). He was awarded a prize in the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (1998) with "Vifs instants"for instrumental ensemble and electroacoustic sound.
A number of his works, from an output of over forty pieces, have been performed by ensembles such as the Atelier Lyrique du Rhin, ensemble L’Itinéraire, 2e2m, Proxima centauri, Intercontemporain, Percussions de Strasbourg.