Natasha Barrett works fore-mostly with composition and creative uses of sound. Her output spans concert composition through to sound-art, large sound-architecural installations, collaboration with experimental designers and scientists, acousmatic performance interpretation and more recently live electroacoustic improvisation. Whether writing for live performers or electroacoustic forces, the focus of this work stems from an acousmatic approach to sound, the aural images it can evoke and an interest in techniques that reveal detail the ear will normally miss. The spatio-musical potential of acousmatic sound features strongly in her work.
Barrett's works are performed and commissioned throughout the world. Her composition has received numerous recognitions, most notably the Nordic Council Music Prize (Norden / Scandinavia, 2006), Edvard Prize (2004, Norway), Noroit-Leonce Petitot (Arras, France, 2002 & 1998), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France 2001, 1998 & 1995), Musica Nova (2001), IV CIMESP 2001, Concours Scrime, (France 2000), International Electroacoustic Creation Competition of Ciberart (Italy 2000), Concours Luigi Russolo (Italy 1995 & 1998), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria 1998), 9th International Rostrum for electoacoustic music (2002). Her compositions are available on Aurora (ACD5056 and ACD5037), empreintes DIGITALes (IMED 0262), Euridice (EUCD026), Albedo (ALBCD024), CDCM Computer Music Series and Cultures Electroniques Bourges.
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