Natasha Barrett (b. 1972, Norwich, England) has made an international reputation as an electroacoustic composer, but her creative uses of sound extend into sound art, installations, multimedia and interactive works, and computer music improvisation. Performed and commissioned throughout the world, Barrett has collaborated with well known ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Oslo Sinfonietta, Cikada and Ars Nova, scientists and designers, electronic performance groups and festivals. Her work often incorporates the latest technologies. Whether writing for instrumental performers or electronic media, her compositional aesthetics are derived from acousmatic issues focusing on the aural perception of detail, structure and potential meaning, and an interest in techniques that reveal detail the ear will normally miss. The composition and manipulation of space is a central element in much of this work. As a performer she works with electronics, improvisation and the interpretation of acousmstic works.
Barrett studied in England with Jonty Harrison and Denis Smalley for masters and doctoral degrees in composition. Both degrees were funded by the humanities section of the British Academy. Since 1999, Norway has been her compositional and research base for an international platform, and she has completed a major work for the Norwegian state commission for art in public spaces. Her composition has received numerous recognitions, most notably the Giga-Hertz Prize, Germany (2008), Nordic Council Music Prize (Norden / Scandinavia, 2006), Edvard Prize (2004, Norway), Noroit-Leonce Petitot (Arras, France, 2002 & 1998), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France 2008, 2006, 2001, 1998 & 1995), Musica Nova, Prague (2001), IV CIMESP (Brazil, 2001), Concours Scrime, (France 2000), International Electroacoustic Creation Competition of Ciberart (Italy 2000), Concours Luigi Russolo (Italy 1995 & 1998), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria 1998), 9th International Rostrum for electoacoustic music (2002). Her compositions are available on Aurora (ACD5056 and ACD5037), empreintes DIGITALes (IMED 0262), Euridice (EUCD026), Albedo (ALBCD024), CDCM Computer Music Series and Cultures Electroniques Bourges.