Laurie Radford

Manitoba, Canada, 1958

  • Composer

Directed by a tremendously poetic artistic sensibility, Laurie Radford composes works for a variety of electroacoustic formations, solo performers, and full and chamber orchestras. He is principally interested in acousmatic composition, computer-controlled signal processing and event control in interaction with performers. In Landlocked, he used the UPIC system developed by Xenakis. Pourriez-vous être le couteau dans ma vie? was premiered by the Trio Fibonacci and assisted by real-time processing.

Born in 1958, Laurie Radford composes music for electroacoustic media and a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. In addition to works for orchestra, chamber music, and instrumental soloists, his recent work involves acousmatic composition and computer-controlled signal processing and event control in interaction with performers.

Radford studied music, composition, and music technology at Brandon University, The University of British Columbia, McGill University, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Les Ateliers UPIC (Paris), and the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout Canada, Europe and South America. He has received commissions and performances from a variety of ensembles including Arraymusic, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, L’Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Esprit Orchestra, Trio Fibonacci, Penderecki String Quartet, Duo Kovalis, Ensemble Resonance, New Works Calgary, Code d’Accès, Traquen’art, Pro Coro Canada, GroundSwell, the Winnipeg and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. His music has received awards from SOCAN, the International Composers’ Competition “Kaszmierz Serocki” (Warsaw, Poland), and the WSO New Music Festival Composer’s Competition.

Laurie Radford currently teaches electroacoustic music composition, music technology, and instrumental composition at the University of Alberta’s department of music. During the 1990’s, he taught electroacoustic music at McGill and Concordia Universities. Laurie Radford is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), the Sonic Arts Network (SAN), the Canadian League of Composers (CLC), the International Computer Music Association (ICMA), the Borealis Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS), and an affiliate of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).