ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC by BARRY TRUAX

See also the list of new and recent works; complete stereo versions of most of these works can be heard on the Sonus website

Works for instruments and/or voice and soundtracks

Aerial (1979), music for solo horn and four computer-synthesized soundtracks (9')

Bamboo, Silk and Stone (1994), for Asian instruments and two digital soundtracks (10') [co-composed with Randy Raine-Reusch]

Dominion (1991), for chamber ensemble and two digital soundtracks (19')

East Wind (1981), for amplified recorder and four soundtracks (11')

Etude (1983-84), for cello and two computer-synthesized soundtracks (10')

From the Unseen World (2012), for piano and six digital soundtracks (12')

Inside (1995), for bass oboe & two digital soundtracks (13')

Love Songs (1979), for solo female voice and four soundtracks (32') Text: Norbert Ruebsaat

Nautilus (1976), music for solo percussion and four computer-synthesized soundtracks (10')

Nightwatch (1982), for solo marimba and four soundtracks (13')

Pacific Fog (1990), a soundscape with English horn (11')

She, a Solo (1973), for mezzo-soprano and magnetic tape (12')

Sonic Landscape No. 4 (1977), for organ and four computer-synthesized soundtracks (9')

Steam (2001), for alto flute and two digital soundtracks (8.5')

Tongues of Angels (1988), for oboe d'amore, English horn and four digital soundtracks (13')

Trigon (1974-75), for mezzo-soprano, alto flute, piano and computer-synthesized tape (16')

Twin Souls (1997), for chamber choir and tape (14')

The Way of the Spirit (2005-2006), for ichigenkin, shakuhachi and eight digital soundtracks (16') [co-composed with Randy Raine-Reusch]

Wings of Fire (1996), for female cellist and two digital soundtracks (14') Text: Joy Kirstin

Music theatre works with soundtracks (several of which can be viewed here)

Androgyne, Mon Amour (1996-97), a music theatre work for amplified male double bass player and two digital soundtracks (16') Text: Tennessee Williams

Enigma (2010/2012),  for tenor, video and six digital soundtracks (17') Text: Barry Truax and Tennyson et al.

The Ghostly Moon (2008), a music theatre work for erhu, zheng, marimba and digital soundtracks (10:40)

Gilgamesh (1972-73), a music theatre work for singers and 12 four-channel tape (90') Libretto: William Maranda

Orpheus Ascending (2006), for soprano, baritone and tape (26')

Patterns (1996), for female speaker and two soundtracks (6') Text: Amy Lowell.

Powers of Two: The Artist (1995), electroacoustic music theatre for two singers, dancer, video tape and eight digital soundtracks (24') Libretto: Barry Truax

Powers of Two: The Sibyl (1997), electroacoustic music theatre for two singers, dancer, video tape and eight digital soundtracks (24') Libretto: Barry Truax

Powers of Two: Beyond (1997), electroacoustic music theatre for four singers, two dancers, and eight digital soundtracks (22') Libretto: Barry Truax

Powers of Two: Repetition (1999), electroacoustic music theatre for four singers, two dancers, and eight digital soundtracks (23') Libretto: Barry Truax

Excerpts from Powers of Two

Skin & Metal (2004), a music theatre piece for leather percussionist and digital soundtracks (11:20)

Thou and I (2003), for tenor, baritone and tape (10')

Mixed media works with soundtracks

Androgyne, Mon Amour (2001), a video with dancer, amplified male double bass player and two digital soundtracks (16') Text: Tennessee Williams

Beauty and the Beast (1989), for Narrator (oboe d'amore & English horn), computer images, and two digital soundtracks (23') Graphics: Theo Goldberg

Divan (1985), for computer graphic slides and two computer-synthesized soundtracks (11') Graphics: Theo Goldberg

Night of the Conjurer (1992), video tape with optional cello (11') Video: Theo Goldberg

Pacific Dragon (1991), for computer graphic slides and four digital soundtracks (14') Graphics: Theo Goldberg

Song of Songs (1992), for oboe d'amore, English horn, two digital soundtracks and computer graphic images (19') Graphics: Theo Goldberg

Threshing (On The Mechanics of Nostalgia) (1993), video tape by Thecla Schiphorst (14')

The Wings of Nike (1987), for computer graphic slides and two digital soundtracks (16') Graphics: Theo Goldberg

Solo soundtrack works (2, 4, 8+ channels)

Aeolian Voices (2013), for eight digital soundtracks (12')

Against Divide (2018), for eight digital soundtracks (14')

Androgyny (1978), a spatial environment for four computer-synthesized soundtracks (17')

Arras (1980), for four computer-synthesized soundtracks (10')

Ascendance (1979), for stereo electronic tape (12')

Basilica (1992), for two or eight digital soundtracks (12')

The Bells of Salzburg (2018), for eight digital soundtracks (17')

Beneath The Tor (2010), for two digital soundtracks (3')

The Blind Man (1979), for two-channel tape based on a poem and reading by Norbert Ruebsaat (16')

Chalice Well (2009), for eight digital soundtracks (14') **

Earth and Steel (2013), for eight digital soundtracks (11')

Fire Spirits (2010), for eight digital soundtracks (12')

The Garden of Sonic Delights (2015-16), for multiple soundtracks (11') **

Infinity Room (2019), for eight digital soundtracks (10') **

Island (2000), for eight digital soundtracks (19') **

La Sera di Benevento (1999), for two digital soundtracks (10')

Ocean Deep (2017), for eight digital soundtracks and video (13')

Pacific (1990), for four digital soundtracks (36')

Pacific Fanfare (1996), for two digital soundtracks (3')

Pendlerdrøm (1997), for two or eight digital soundtracks (12')

Prospero'sVoyage (2004), for eight digital soundtracks (16') **

Riverrun (1986), for four computer-synthesized soundtracks (20'); 2004 version for eight digital soundtracks

Sequence of Earlier Heaven (1998), for eight digital soundtracks (12')

Sequence of Later Heaven (1993), for four or eight digital soundtracks (14')

The Shaman Ascending (2004-2005), for eight digital soundtracks (16') **

Solar Ellipse (1984-85), for four computer-synthesized soundtracks (11')

Sonic Landscape No. 3 (1975, rev. 1977), a spatial environment for four computer-synthesized soundtracks (16')

Tapes from Gilgamesh (1972-73), 12 four-channel tapes (87')

Temple (2002), for eight digital soundtracks (15.5') **

Wave Edge (1983), for four computer-synthesized soundtracks (9')

** 16 channel versions available

Radiophonic and miscellaneous works

Soundscape Study (1974), for stereo tape, composed for Soundscapes of Canada and available on the WSP Database*

A Maritime Diary (1974), for stereo tape, composed for Soundscapes of Canada and available on the WSP Database*

Pioneer Soundscape (1974), for stereo tape (15')

Synchronicity (1974), stereo soundtrack for a short film by Al Razutis (6.5)

Letter To My Grandmother (1981), for female vocalist and stereo soundtrack, with text by Norbert Ruebsaat (18')

Cage of Light (1984), soundtrack for a radio play by Bill Grey (29.5')

The Silenian Test (1984), soundtrack for a radio play by David Lewis Stein (25')

The Heavenly Invasion, soundtrack for a radio play (29')

Dance Piece, stereo computer music (10')

Harbour Ambience (1996), soundtrack for The Vancouver Soundscape (4')

Qasar (2005), homage a Christian Clozier, stereo soundtrack (1')

Swing, Tuba, Lament (2007), stereo soundtrack, created for The Art of Immersive Soundscapes conference, Regina (3')

Exit Variations (2008), stereo soundtrack for Queen's University Belfast (2')

Lecture on Nothing, by John Cage, as performed and recorded by Barry Truax in 2012 with an electronic accompaniment Meditation Music

* contact Barry (truax@sfu.ca) for a guest password or other information

Student Works (1969-71)

Five Quarks (1969), stereo electronic music studies (16.5')

Hexachord Sonata (1968-69), for piano (12')

Two Dances (1969) for piano (5')

Children (1970), a cycle of poems by e. e. cummings for soprano and electronic tape (13')

From The Steppenwolf (1970), a dramatic essay for twelve singers and electronic tape (18')

Theme and Twelve Miniatures (1970), for cello and piano

Hexameron (1970), an allegory for five instruments and tapes in six phases (20')

Sonic Landscape No. 1 (1970), for French horn and electronic tape (5')

Sonic Landscape No. 2 (1971), for flute, piano and electronic tape (5.5')

The Little Prince (1971), an opera based on the story by A. de Saint-Exupéry for singers, narrator and electronic tape (43')


ALL WORKS ARE REGISTERED WITH SOCAN WITH SCORES  IN THE LIBRARY OF THE CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE (CMC)

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