- [1970-2011] (Creation)
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1.3 cubic metres
60 boxes and oversize material
1019 digital files (1 GB)
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Trevor Wishart was born in Leeds on 11 October 1946. He won a scholarship to Oxford University to study chemistry before switching to music. He went on to complete an MA at the University of Nottingham in 1969, followed by a PhD at the University of York in 1973.
Wishart specialises in electroacoustic composition, in particular the transformation of the human voice and natural sounds through technological means. He published a book ‘On Sonic Art’ in 1985 and is considered a pioneer in the subject. From 1986 he was also involved with the Composers Desktop Project which developed software for electronic composition, working alongside fellow York composer Richard Orton.
Although he works as a freelance composer, Wishart has held a number of university posts, including Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York, composer in residence at the University of Durham (from 2006) and at the University of Oxford Faculty of Music (2010-2011).
His compositions include Red Bird (1973-1977), Anticredos (1980), Machine 2 (2000), Imago (2002), Memories of Madrid (2005), The Division of Labour (2007) and Supernova (2013). He has also worked with the group Electric Phoenix on his composition The Vox Cycle, a cycle of six pieces recorded between 1980 and 1988.
In 2008 he was awarded the Gigi-Hertz Award for electronic music.
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