3rd order HOA acousmatic (2020)
The ‘Sound Landscape Developments’ are a series of compositional studies that reveal and enhance the features of outdoor spaces. They integrate listening, semantics and environmental interaction with new technical approaches addressing the dynamic range of sound-field spatiality.
In ‘Talking Trees’ I searched a winter pine forest for trees that produced a creaking-squeaking sound when blown by the wind. Alongside bird calls, woodpeckers and a runner passing through the partly iced-down winter environment, the acoustics of the forest was also heard ‘speaking’. Source recordings were made with two Soundfield SPS200 microphones spaced 20 meters apart: one close to the squeaky tree, one further away, in Skaugum Forest (Asker, Norway) on March 20th 2020 during the first week of the COVID-19 shutdown. Absent was the background noise from roads, trains and planes that would normally mask the details of the forest.
Natasha Barrett composes acousmatic and live electroacoustic concert works, sound-art, installations and interactive music. Her inspiration comes from an experience of the sounding world around us, as well as the way it behaves, the way it is generated, and by systems and the traces that those systems create. These interests have led her into worlds of cutting-edge audio technologies, geoscience, sonification, motion tracking and some exciting collaborations with soloists, chamber ensembles, visual artists, architects and scientists.
Her work is commissioned and performed throughout the world. She has received a solid list of prizes, including 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 prizes and the Euphonie D’Or in the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France), prizes at Musica Nova (Prague), TEM – international composition competition (Italy), CIMESP (Brazil), Concours Scrime, (France), International Electroacoustic Competition Ciberart (Italy), two prizes in Concours Luigi Russolo (Italy), two prizes in the International Rostrum for electroacoustic music, and honorary mentions in two Ars Electronica competitions (1998 and 2017).
Active in performance, education and research, she jointly directs EAU (Electric Audio Unit – the Norwegian spatial-music performance ensemble), founded 3DA (the Norwegian society for 3-D sound-art), and is currently professor of composition at the Norwegian Academy for Music, Oslo.