Clarence Barlow


13 MAY · 18H30 · Clarence Barlow
Deriving Music from the Visual - Deriving the Visual from Music

The sound of music can be linked with the visual in a number of ways, two of them based on technical or aesthetical considerations. Clarence Barlow has long been fascinated by sound-image links involving Position, Motion and Color, all three musical aspects also basically spatial and ultimately visual: texts on music include terms like “high/low”, “fast/slow” as well as “bright/dark” and “sound-color”. In this open lecture (syn-) aesthetic aspects will be illustrated through the artist’s own work of several decades.

Clarence Barlow was born in 1945 into the English-speaking minority of Calcutta, where he went to school and college, studied piano and music theory, started composing music in 1957 and obtained a science degree in 1965. After activities as pianist, conductor and music theory teacher he moved in 1968 to Cologne, where he studied composition and electronic music until 1973, also studying sonology at Utrecht University from 1971-1972. His use of a computer as a compositional aid dates from 1971. From 1982-1994 he was in charge of computer music at the biannual Darmstadt New Music Summer Courses and from 1984-2005 lecturer on computer music at Cologne Music University. From 1990-1991 he was guest professor of composition at the Folkwang University Essen, from 1990-94 artistic director of the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory The Hague, where from 1994-2006 he was professor of composition and sonology. From 1994-2010 he was a member of the International Academy of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges. From 2005-2006 he was guest professor of composition at the School of Music and Performing Arts ESMAE in Porto. From 2006-2019 he was Corwin Chair of Composition at the Music Department, University of California in Santa Barbara. Since 2018 he has been guest professor at the Catalonia College of Music ESMUC in Barcelona where he now lives.