Barry Truax, Canada, 1947.

Barry Truax came from a musical family and began composing while studying for a degree in physics and mathematics at Queen’s University before studying at the University of British Columbia in 1969, where he discovered the electronics studio.

It was at Simon Frasier University (SFU) that Truax discovered the World Soundscape Project (WSP) and the massive sound library. Barry Truax is now Professor in the School of Communication and School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU, teaching acoustic communication and electroacoustic composition.

Professor Truax has composed many soundscape compositions but has also been pivotal in developing the technology which is used to capture and develop the soundscapes. 1991 saw his River Run (1986) win the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electoracoustic Music in Bourges, France.

Professor Truax’s work with technology was released as a CD-Rom in 1999 entitled Handbook for Acoustic Ecology. This, along with all of Professor Truax’s commercial musical releases are available from Cambridge Street Records which he created in 1985, which specialises in computer and electronic music.

The above and even more information, including biography and interviews with Professor Truax, can be found at his official website. To find out more about his commercial releases and to make a purchase, please visit Professor Truax’s record label Cambridge Street Records.
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Photo: Karman, M. (2009). Barry Truax. Retrieved from