Dr Natasha Barrett

Home Institution:

University of Oslo (NOR)

Biography:

Dr Natasha Barrett (UK / Norway) is a composer, performer and researcher in the field of contemporary electroacoustic art music. She received her doctoral degree in 1998 from City University in London. After a short period as an associate professor at the music conservatory in Tromsø (Norway), she has since followed a career predominantly as a freelancer.

Her work encompasses acousmatic and electroacoustic concert composition, sound installations, theatre music, large-scale outdoor media productions, sound-architectural works and interactive art. She regularly collaborates with designers and scientists, as well as musicians and visual artists. Her work is inspired by acousmatic sound and the aural images it can evoke, particularly in terms of the evocative implications of space. Besides her compositional activities, she is currently employed as a researcher at the Department for Musicology, University of Oslo, investigating 3-D gestural-spatial audio imagery, motion tracking and holographic 3-D sound reproduction. Barrett is also co-leader of the Norwegian spatial-music performance ensemble Electric Audio Unit (EAU) and a member of Ocean Design Research Association.

Barrett's works are performed and commissioned throughout the world and have received a long list of prizes. These include the Nordic Council Music Prize (Nordic Countries), Giga-Hertz Award (Germany), Edvard Prize (Norway), Jury and public first prizes in Noroit-Leonce Petitot (France), Five first prizes and the Euphonie D'Or in the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France), Musica Nova (Prague), CIMESP (Brazil), Concours Scrime, (France), International Electroacoustic Competition Ciberart (Italy), two prizes in Concours Luigi Russolo (Italy), two first prizes in the International Rostrum for electroacoustic music.

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Research:

Barrett, N. 2016. Interactive Spatial Sonification of Multidimensional Data for Composition and Auditory Display. In press: CMJ 40:2

Barrett, N. 2015. Investigations in coarticulated performance gestures using interactive parameter-mapping 3D. Proceedings, ICAD, Graz, 8th-10th July, 2015

Barrett, N. 2015. Creating tangible spatial-musical images from physical performance gestures. Proceedings, NIME’15, Louisiana State University, May 31-June 3, 2015

Barrett, N., Karen, M. 2014. Aftershock: A science–art collaboration through sonification. Organised Sound, 19(1).

Berge, S. Barrett, N. 2010. A new method for B-format to binaural transcoding. 40th International Conference: Spatial Audio: Sense the Sound of Space, Tokyo. AES-E-library

Berge, S. Barrett, N. 2010. High Angular Resolution Planewave Expansion. Proc. of the 2nd International Symposium on Ambisonics and Spherical Acoustics.

Barrett, N. 2010. Kernel Expansion: a three-dimensional spatial composition combining different ambisonics spatialisation techniques. Proc. of the 2nd International Symposium on Ambisonics and Spherical Acoustics.

Barrett, N. 2002. Spatio-musical composition strategies. Organised Sound, 7(3). pp 313-323

Selected recent spatial-audio compositions:

Barrett, N. (2016) Traversing a Small Town at Night. 5th order 3-D ambisonics, flutes (bass, alto, C, piccolo) and live electronics. Commissioned by Bjørnar Habbestad with support from the Norwegian Cultural Council.

Barrett, N. (2015). Topology Chamber 2. 5th order 3-D ambisonics. Composed during a Norwegian Cultural Council artists work grant.

Barrett, N. (2015). Volvelle 1. 5th order 3-D ambisonics. Composed during a Norwegian Cultural Council artists work grant.

Barrett, N. (2014). Allure and Hoodwink. For piano, violin, spatialised electroacoustic sound and live electronics. Commissioned by Heloisa Amarel and Karin Helqvist with support from the Norwegian Composers' Fund.

Barrett, N. (2012) Hidden Values. 7th order 3-D ambisonics. Composed during a residence at IRCAM, with support from IRCAM and the Oslo City Award for international work.