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"Beyond" was composed in 1992 at the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE), in the Department of Music, University of California at Santa Barbara, using the Waveframe workstation. The source materials for the work are the sounds of waterphones and a harpsichord. Waterphones are wonderful instruments created by Richard Waters in 1968, and described by him as somewhat of a combination of "...a Tibetan Water Drum, an African Kalimba (thumb piano) and a 16th century Peg or Nail Violin." He further describes them as "...one-of-a-kind, acoustic, tonal-friction instruments that utilize water in the interior of their resonators to bend tones and create water echoes." Each waterphone is custom made and they range in size from small to very large. The sounds of waterphones have been described as similar to whales or voices from space. In Beyond, I've used a variety of computer-manipulated waterphone samples to create the material for the piece.


from Beyond, released September 27, 2005


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Barry Schrader Los Angeles, California

Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real- time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. In 2014, he was given the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Composition Faculty of the CalArts School of Music from 1971 to 2016. His web site is <barryschrader.com>. ... more

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