Composer Dominique Pauwels studied at the Ghent Conservatorium, the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Amsterdam and at the IRCAM in Paris. In 1991, he graduated in composition and film composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, he has increasingly started focusing on computer technologies and composition software.
Since 1991, Dominique Pauwels has regularly composed for television. In addition, he makes records and CDs (incl. Chris Whitley, New York) and is regularly asked to compose for theatre (musical), film and advertising. For example, he provided the music for Lifestyle (1998, Victoria), Not all Moroccans are Thieves (2001, Arne Sierens), No Comment (2003, Needcompany, Jan Lauwers), DeadDogsDon’tDance/DjamesDjoyceDeaD (2003, Jan Lauwers & Frankfurter Ballet).
He wrote his first string quartet (2004) for Quatuor Diotima and in 2006, he composed the soundtrack for Looking for Alfred, a short film by Johan Grimonprez, which won the European Media Award.
Dominique Pauwels has been resident composer at LOD since 2004. There he works in close collaboration with choreographer and dancer Karine Ponties and director Guy Cassiers with whom he has created Onegin, Wolfskers, Blood and Roses and MCBTH. Together with Inne Goris, he created several productions for LOD, including the open air production Wall (2010), the musical installation Daydream (LOD & Manchester International Festival, 2011), the family production Father, Mother I and We (2011) and the theatrical video installation Long Grass (2012).
With Fabrice Murgia he works on the trilogy Ghost Road. The first part Ghost Road (2012) and the second part, Children of Nowhere (2015) are both a combination of video, music and theatre. In 2015 he created the opera L’Autre Hiver with Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin and in 2016 he once again worked with Inne Goris, this time on Without Blood, after the novel by Alessandro Baricco. For The Heroes 2017, the first part of Josse De Pauws trilogy, he created the composition.