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Trevor Wishart

voc, *1946 GB, Leeds
Composer of Electronic and Classical

Trevor Wishart (1946, Leeds, England) has been very active, since the early 1970s in the area of electro-acoustic music (first with tape manipulation, later with computer pieces) and musical theatre pieces. He pays special attention to the objectives of musical education, to holding collaborative perform-projects and solo practice with the use of original vocal techniques. In 1973 he did his doctorate dissertation at the University of York (musical composition). Since the mid 70s he has been doing systematic research into various vocal-speech figures and the possibilities for their noting, giving special emphasis to the computer technologies. He is the author of a number of theoretical books on the issues of musical composition, philosophy and sociology, including such as: Whose Music?.. A Sociology of Musical Languages (Transaction Books Ed.), On Sonic Art. Music in a Technological Age (Gordon & Beach Ed.), Audible Design: A Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Sound Composition (Orpheus the Pantomime Ed.), and also editions of musical and educational character: Sounds Fun (Universal Edition), Sounds Fun 2 (Universal Edition), Sun (Creativity & Environment, Universal Ed.), Sun 2 (A Creative Philosophy, Universal Ed.). His theoretical and practical musical productions are presented in various international collections and journals, including the following ones: Computer Music Journal, (USA), Leonardo (USA), Contemporary Music Review (Great Britain), Interface (Holland), Les Cahiers d’IRCAM (France), Music Realta (Italy). For many years he taught music and composition at various British educational institutions (such as University of Nottingham, University of Leeds, University of York, etc.), and also abroad: Sogetu Hall (Tokyo), University Complutense (Madrid), Academie d’Ete (Paris), Akademie der Kunst (Berlin), Kyoto University of Arts (Kyoto), Sibelius Akatemia (Helsinki), University of Sidney (Sidney), Royal Conservatory (Hague), Lund University (Lund) and others. He is the author of a number of musical and lingua-artistic productions that were created with support and order from: BBC (London), Paris Bienniale (Paris), Bourges Festival (Bourges), Swedish Radio (Stockholm), French Ministry of Culture (Paris) and others. Wishart is the holder of numerous prizes and awards, among them are the prizes of the International Festival of ElectroAcoustic Music (Bourges, 1978), Ars Electronica (Linz, 1988), and also the main prizes at the: Euphonie d’Or (Bourges Festival, Bourges, 1992), Golden Nica Award (Ars Electronica, Linz, 1995). Several times he was a jury member at festivals and professional contests, among them are the following ones: Ars Electronica (Linz, 1991-93), International Computer Music Conference (1991-94), Stockholm International Electronic Music Festival (1995). Since 1980 till 1999 he was a member of the organizing committee (1990-93 – a chairman) of the Sonic Art Network (EMAS), also initiated the Composers Desktop Project aimed at providing composers with high technology software. He is the author and designer of the unique in Britain 54-channel sounding of the Jorvik Viking Center Multimedia Museum (York). Trevor Wishart lives and works in York (Great Britain).

  • Electronic
  • Classical
  • Spoken Word
Popular Tracks   
Fanfare on Fanfare And Contrapunctus / Imago by Trevor Wishart
Red Bird: A Political Prisoner's Dream, Pt. 1 on Red Bird: A Political Prisoner's Dream by Trevor Wishart
Imago on Fanfare And Contrapunctus / Imago by Trevor Wishart
Contrapunctus on Fanfare And Contrapunctus / Imago by Trevor Wishart
Two Women: Stentor on Arrival by Trevor Wishart
Arrival on Arrival by Trevor Wishart
Red Bird: A Political Prisoner's Dream, Pt. 2 on Red Bird: A Political Prisoner's Dream by Trevor Wishart

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
CRU 2Henri Chopin, Pauline Oliveros, Trevor Wishart, Gil J. Wolman, Denis Dufour, Johannes Kreidler, Gérard-Philippe Broutin, François Poyet, Ione, Hém-Ish, Silva Gabriela Béju2016Compil.
Red Bird / Anticredos & VoiceprintsTrevor Wishart2014Compil.
Globalalia / ImagoTrevor Wishart2014Compil.
Encounters In The Republic Of HeavenTrevor Wishart2011Album
Fanfare And Contrapunctus / ImagoTrevor Wishart2010Album
MachineTrevor Wishart2008Album
ETC.Jonty Harrison, Horacio Vaggione, Trevor Wishart2004Album
VoiceprintsTrevor Wishart2000Album
On Sonic ArtTrevor Wishart1996Album
Tongues Of FireTrevor Wishart1994Single
Audible DesignTrevor Wishart1994Album
VoxTrevor Wishart1990Album
Beach Singularity & MenagerieTrevor Wishart & Friends / Trevor Wishart1979Album
Red Bird (A Political Prisoner's Dream)Trevor Wishart1978Album
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