Barry Truax: Composing Music with the Environment (Lecture) (Sonic Acts XIII, 2010)

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Sonic Acts is a biannual festival at the intersection of arts, science, music & technology.

Barry Truax was one of the members of the World Soundscape Project in 1973 at SFU when it pioneered the study of acoustic environments and published the Vancouver Soundscape recordings and booklet. Since then this work has achieved an international profile through the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Truax’ artistic work has included the creation of soundscape compositions that create musical pieces using environmental sounds. Barry will trace this history and play examples.

Barry Truax (CA) is a Professor at Simon Fraser University. He has worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system. He also developed the first ever implementation of real-time granular synthesis, in 1986.

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