|Natasha Barrett Quick Info
|5 ft 5 in
|Date of Birth
|March 9, 1972
Natasha Barrett is a British music composer who specializes in electroacoustic art music, a genre of Western art music which uses technology to manipulate the tone quality of acoustic sounds, often by using audio signal processing, on acoustical instruments. Her compositional themes are often derived from acousmatic issues, sounds that are heard without their cause being seen. Besides acousmatic concert music, she has composed music for instruments, live electronics, sound installations, contemporary dance, and theater. She has received commissions from institutions and performers in both Europe and America and has contributed to the albums of several musical artists.
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Oslo, Østlandet, Norway
Natasha, after her high school graduation, had earned a bachelor’s degree in music from City, University of London, a public research university in London. She had then joined the University of Birmingham, a public research university in Edgbaston, Birmingham. She had attained a master’s degree in analysis and electroacoustic composition there.
Thereafter, she had completed a doctoral degree in composition, in 1998, at City, University of London. The last 2 of those degrees were funded by the Humanities section of the British Academy, the United Kingdom’s national academy for the humanities and the social sciences.
Electronic, Electroacoustic, Classical
- Nota Bene Records
- Empreintes DIGITALes
- Aurora Records
- Elektron Records
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of British descent.
- Slender frame
- Center-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
Natasha Barrett Facts
- She had first started taking a serious interest in electroacoustic music composition during her stint at the University of Birmingham. During this time, she had also worked with BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), an experience that would influence a lot of her work in the future.
- In 1998, she had been given a grant by the Norges Forskningsråd (The Research Council of Norway), a Norwegian government agency that funds research and innovation projects, to work for a year, as a resident composer at NoTAM (Norwegian network for Technology, Acoustics, and Music), a center for electroacoustic music for composers and the development of new technology, in Oslo.
- Between 1999 and 2000, she had spent about a year in a senior-lecturer position at the music conservatoire in Tromsø, a municipality in Norway. She was an associate professor in electroacoustic music and music technology there. Thereafter, she had chosen to permanently stay in Norway and had started working as a freelance composer, concert arranger, and performer based in Oslo.
- Besides her work as a music composer, she has served as the joint director of the spatial music performance group EAU (Electric Audio Unit).
- Between 2011and 2014, she had worked as a 20% researcher in sound design at the Oslo School of Architecture. Between 2014 and 2016, she had worked as a researcher in 3-D music and movement in the Department for Musicology at the University of Oslo.
- She was later hired as a 50% associate professor in music and composition at the Norwegian State Academy for Music.
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