Pacific Barry D. Truax

The work is in four movements:

  1. Ocean in whose deep currents one hears the voices of the unborn.
  2. Fog in whose caress one hears the voices of lovers.
  3. Harbour in whose cries one hears the voices of the old and wise.
  4. Dragon in whose fiery breath one hears the voices of the dead.

The source materials, one sequence for each movement, are recordings of Canadian West Coast environmental sound, namely (in order) ocean waves on the west coast of Vancouver Island, boathorns in Vancouver harbour on New Year’s Eve, Vancouver harbour ambience with seagulls, and the Dragon Dance in Vancouver’s Chinatown celebrating the Chinese New Year. All sounds are heard at their original pitch.

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Genre: Soundscape
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Instrumentation: 4 digital soundtracks
  • Software used: PODX system for sound synthesis and composition.
  • Duration of the submitted work: 36:00
  • Publisher: Cambridge Street Publishing
  • Premiere: June 5, 1990, Bourges, Festival of Electroacoustic Music
  • Disc publication: Pacific is available on the Cambridge Street Records CD Pacific Rim, CSR-CD0101

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    Allik, Amies, Appleton, Austin, Bach, Bartley, Belkin, Berg, Bonnier, Bouchard…
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