The Garden of Sonic Delights Barry D. Truax

The Garden of Sonic Delights invites the listener to enter an imaginary soundscape (one that Murray Schafer might describe as a “soniferous garden”) richly filled with sounds that may remind us of the actual sounds of water, wind, insects and birds. Our visit will take us through the afternoon until the next morning, hopefully leaving us delighted and refreshed.

  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Genre: Soundscape
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Instrumentation: multiple soundtracks
  • Hardware used: Original recordings from the World Soundscape Project Tape Collection. Sound processing realized with Soundhack convolution and Chris Rolfe’s MacPod software.
  • Software used: Spatialization created by Harmonic Functions’ TiMax2 matrix mixer, marketed by Outboard Inc (UK).
  • Duration of the submitted work: 11:00
  • Publisher: Cambridge Street Publishing
  • Production: The piece was commissioned by the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) for the 2016 BEAST FEaST, and realized in 48 channels at the Technical University, Berlin, and the composer’s private studio.
  • Premiere: April 2016, The Garden of Sonic Delights was premiered at the 2016 BEAST FEaST at the University of Birmingham, UK

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