Prof Barry Truax

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Simon Fraser University, CAN


Barry Truax is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication (and formerly the School for the Contemporary Arts) at Simon Fraser University where he taught courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic music. He worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic Communication dealing with sound and technology.

As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works, music theatre pieces and those with live performers or computer graphics. In 1991 his work, Riverrun, was awarded the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France. Truax’s multi-channel soundscape compositions are frequently featured in concerts and festivals around the world.

In 2015-16 he was the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technical University in Berlin, and Guest Composer at the 2016 BEAST Festival in Birmingham.


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Truax, B. (2016) “Acoustic Space, Community and Virtual Soundscapes,” in M. Cobussen, V. Meelberg and B. Truax, eds., The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art, Routledge.

Truax, B. (2012) “Sound, Listening and Place: The Aesthetic Dilemma,” Organised Sound, 17(3), 1-9.

Truax, B. (2008) “Soundscape Composition as Global Music: Electroacoustic Music as Soundscape,” Organised Sound, 13(2), 103-109.

Truax, B. (1998) "Composition and Diffusion: Space in Sound in Space," Organised Sound, 3(2), 141-6.

 Truax, B. (1996) "Soundscape, Acoustic Communication & Environmental Sound Composition", Contemporary Music Review, 15(1), 49-65.

Truax, B. (1984) Acoustic Communication.  Norwood, NJ:  Ablex Publishing, 1984. 2nd ed., 2001.