Larry Austin

Larry Austin (1930, Oklahoma) was educated in Texas and California, studying with Canadian composer Violet Archer (UNT), French composer Darius Milhaud (Mills), and American composer Andrew Imbrie (UCB). He also enjoyed extended associations in California in the 'sixties with composers John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and David Tudor. Highly successful as a composer for traditional as well as experimental music genres, Austin's works have been performed and recorded by the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, the National Symphony orchestras, as well as many others in North America and Europe. Since 1964, he has composed more than eighty works incorporating electroacoustic and computer music media: combinations of tape, instruments, voices, orchestra, live-electronics and real-time computer processing, as well as solo audio and video tape compositions. Austin has received numerous commissions, grants and awards, his works widely performed and recorded, including the 1994 premiere performance and recording by the Cincinnati Philharmonia of Austin's complete realization of Charles Ives's transcendental Universe Symphony (1911-51), that performance followed at the 1995 Warsaw Autumn Festival by the National Philharmonic of Warsaw and, in May, 1998, a festival performance in Saarbrucken, Germany, by the Rundfunksinfonie Orchester Saarbrucken.

In 1996 Austin was awarded the prestigious Magistère (Magisterium) prize/title in the 23rd International Electroacoustic Music Competition, Bourges, France, for his work BluesAx (1995-96), for saxophonist and tape/electronics, and for his work and influential leadership in electroacoustic music genres through the past forty years. Austin was the first US composer to receive the Magistere. In summer, 1998, Austin was awarded a composer residency at the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Italy. From 1958 to 1972 Austin was a member of the music faculty of the University of California, Davis, active there as a conductor, performer, and composer. There, in 1966, he co-founded, edited, and published the seminal new music journal, SOURCE: Music of the Avant Garde. Subsequently, he served on the faculties of the University of South Florida, 1972-78, and the University of North Texas, 1978-96, founding and directing extensive computer music studios at both universities. In 1986 he co-founded CDCM: Consortium to Distribute Computer Music, producer of the CDCM Computer Music Series on Centaur Records, with thirty-five compact disc volumes released since 1988. On the Board of Directors of the International Computer Music Association, Austin served as its president, 1990-94. Retiring from his 38-year academic career in 1996, Austin resides with his wife Edna at their home in Denton, Texas. Working in and out of his Denton studio, Larry Austin continues his active composing career with commissions, tours, performances, recordings, and lecturing, anticipating future extended composer residencies in North America, Japan, and Europe.


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