Clarence Barlow

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Clarence Barlow

Clarence Barlow (also Klarenz, born 27 December 1945) is a composer of classical and electroacoustic works.


Barlow was one of the founders of Initiative Musik und Informatik Köln. In 1988 he was the director of music at the International Computer Music Conference in Cologne.[1] From 1990 to 1994, Barlow was the artistic director of the Institute of Sonology, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he also taught in the composition department.[2]

Barlow was the Corwin Endowed Chair and head of composition at University of California, Santa Barbara’s Music Department from 2006 to 2019.[3]

Compositional style and techniques[edit]

Barlow prefers traditional instrumental timbres to electronically synthesized ones because "they sound so much more alive and exciting".[4] Although for this reason most of his works have been written for traditional instruments, he has frequently used the computer to generate the structures of his works. His comprehensive theory of tonality and metrics was first tested in the piano work Çoǧluotobüsişletmesi (1975–79). Spectral analysis and instrumental resynthesis of human speech has also played an important role in his compositions.[2]



  • Anon. 2014 "Clarence Barlow". Sound and Music Computing Conference 2014 website.
  • Kaske, Stephan (1985). "A Conversation with Clarence Barlow". Computer Music Journal. 9 (1): 19–28. JSTOR 4617919.
  • Rothfarb, Lee, and Clarence Barlow. 2020. "Clarence Barlow | Department of Music – UC Santa Barbara". website (accessed 13 March 2020).
  • Wilson, Peter Niklas. 2001. "Barlow, Klarenz [Clarence]". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan.

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