Natasha Barrett (composer)

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Natasha Barrett
Natasha Barrett, vinnare av Nordiska radets musikpris 2006.jpg
Born 9 March 1972
Norwich, England
Nationality British
Occupation Composer and performer of electroacoustic music

Natasha Barrett (born 9 March 1972 in Norwich, England) is a British composer and performer of electroacoustic art music. Her compositional aesthetics are derived from acousmatic issues, but in addition to acousmatic composition she composes for instruments and live electronics, sound installations, multi-media works and computer music improvisation.[1] She currently lives in Norway.

Natasha Barrett began working seriously with electroacoustic composition during a master's degree in analysis and electroacoustic composition, studying with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham (UK). This study also gave her the opportunity to work with BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) which has greatly influenced her current work, and lead on to a doctoral degree in composition supervised by Denis Smalley, awarded in 1998 at City University (London, UK).[1] Both degrees were funded by the Humanities section of the British Academy. In the same year, a grant from Norges forskningsråd (The Research Council of Norway) enabled her to work as a resident composer at NoTAM (Norsk nettverk for Teknologi, Akustikk og Musikk / Norwegian network for Technology, Acoustics and Music) in Oslo (Norway). She is now a freelance composer, sound-artist and researcher, based in Oslo.

Her work has received many awards, including the Nordic Council Music Prize for 2006,[2] the first prize at Musica Nova (Prague, Czech Republic, 2001), Noroit-Léonce Petitot (Arras, France, 1998), first prizes (1998 and 2001) in the Trivium section of the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France), Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo (IV CIMESP, Brazil, 2001), Concours SCRIME (France, 2000), Festival Internacional de Nuevas Tecnologías, Arte y Comunicación Ciber@RT / Ciber@RT International Festival of New Technologies, Art and Communication (Spain, 2000), Concours Luigi Russolo (Italy, 1998, 1995) and Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 1998), 9th International Rostrum for electoacoustic music (2002) and Edvard Prize (2004) Norway. She receives commissions from institutions and performers in Europe and America, and her work is available on numerous CD labels, including empreintes DIGITALes, Aurora, Cultures électroniques/Mnémosyne Musique Média, CDCM/Centaur, and two privately produced solo CD productions.

Partial discography[edit]

  • Rocks & Wraiths (CD, Nota Bene Records, NB 970101M, 1997, UK)
  • Chillies & Shells (CD, Nota Bene Records, NB 980101M, 1998, UK)
  • Isostasie (CD, empreintes DIGITALes, IMED 0262, 2002, Canada)
  • Kraftfelt (DVD-Audio, Aurora, ACD 5037, 2005, Norway)
  • Trade Winds (CD, Aurora, ACD 5056, 2007, Norway)

Her work also appears as tracks on twelve other CDs.[3]

List of works[edit]

  • Caressing Eternity (1994), electric guitar, and tape
  • Puzzle Wood (1994)
  • Searching for Perspectives (1994), installation
  • Trompe l'œil (1994), flute, and tape
  • Imago (1995)
  • Receive (1995)
  • Swaying to See (1995)
  • Earth Haze (1996)
  • Racing Through, Racing Unseen (1996)
  • Racing Unseen (1996)
  • Buoyant Charm (1997, 2001), mixed ensemble, and tape
  • Little Animals (1997)
  • St Paul's Descending into the Autumn Mist (1997)
  • Surf (1997), 2 classical guitars, and tape
  • Red Snow (1998, 2001)
  • Snow and Instability (Microclimate I) (1998), percussion, doublebass, alto flute, and tape
  • Circadian Cycles (1999), sinfonietta, computer, and tape
  • Diabolus (1999), percussion, voice, processing, and tape
  • Mimetic Dynamics (1999), installation
  • Outspan (1999)
  • Viva la Selva! (1999)
  • Agora (2000–02), electroacoustic theater
  • Liquid Crystal (2000), clarinet, computer, processing, and tape
  • Rain Forest Cycle (2000), installation
  • RAS (2000), percussion quartet, processing, and electroacoustic sound
  • Three Fictions (Northern Mix) (2000)
  • The Utility of Space (2000)
  • Displaced:Replaced (2001)
  • Industrial Revelations (2001)
  • Push-me-Pull-me (2001), cello, violin, and computer
  • … fetters… (2002)
  • Angels & Devils (2002)
  • Prince Prospero's Party (2002)
  • Symbiosis (2002), cello, and computer
  • Exploratio Invisibilis (2003)
  • Avoid being eaten by mimicking other less palatable species (Abemolpas) (2004)
  • Trade Winds (2004–06)
  • Where Shadows Do for Bodies Stand (2004), classical guitar, and interactive system
  • Hommage à Parmerud (The Fabulous Mr P) (2005)
  • Mobilis in Mobili (2005)
  • Barely-1 (2007), installation
  • Crack (2007)
  • Microclimates III-VI (2007), installation version and concert / CD version
  • Kernel Expansion (2009)


  1. ^ a b Otondo, Felipe (2007). "Creating Sonic Spaces: An Interview with Natasha Barrett". Computer Music Journal. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Prize winner 2006". Nordic Council. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Natasha Barrett Discography". Discogs. 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 

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