Innova Recordings Releases Barry Schrader’s “Beyond” CD

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Innova Recordings has just released Â?BeyondÂ?, a new CD of electro-acoustic music by Barry Schrader. Â?BeyondÂ? contains some of the most recent works by Schrader, whom the Los Angeles Times has called Â?a composer born to the electronic medium.Â?

Innova Recordings has just released “Beyond”, an album of new electro-acoustic music by composer Barry Schrader. The CD contains “First Spring”, “Beyond”, “Duke’s Tune”, and all three movements of “Death”: “Before Death”, “Into Death”, and “After Death.”

Regarding the music on this CD, pioneering electro-acoustic music composer Bebe Barron, creator of the music for the sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet”, proclaims "This music conjures up a whirlwind of emotion from some primeval source that permeates the listener with awe."

Concerning Schrader’s groundbreaking work Death, composer Judy Klein writes "I am captured in the very first moment. And then, what subtle enhancement in the second section, and what a journey in the third! I hear the release of the spirit, its energy, its guides; darkness, hugeness, powerful monsters. Images foreign but not unfamiliar come to mind. There is such musical drive and such unity throughout the piece. I feel I've heard transformations of an element through gaseous and solid states, and that in the end, a spirit has become one with the voices which called to it in the beginning."

“Duke”s Tune” is the first (and only) musical work based on a tune composed by a pig. Duke the potbellied pig, who resides at Lil Orphan Hammies, a shelter for potbellied pigs in Solvang, California, played the original melody of “Duke’s Tune” on his xylophone. Schrader transcribed the tune (with Duke’s permission, of course) and used it as the sole basis for pitch material in “Duke’s Tune”.

The work “Beyond” uses the sounds of waterphones and harpsichords, transforming them into new aural worlds.

“First Spring” is based on the electro-acoustic music accompaniment for the first large section of Fallen Sparrow, a new work for violin and electronics which will be premiered this coming March at REDCAT in Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The concept of “First Spring” stems from imagining what the dying sparrow of the larger work’s title might recall in its last moments of life about experiencing its first spring, when life in all of its myriad forms fills the landscape with sights and sounds that are new and wondrous to the young bird.

Barry Schrader has been called a composer of “approachable electronic music with a distinctive individual voice to reward the adventurous.” by Gramophone. Synthopia has written that “Schrader balances the impulse to be experimental and original with a need to connect with the emotions and instincts of listeners. The result is music with lyricism, passion, rhythm and drive that makes music the master of technology.”

Barry Schrader’s compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, multimedia, live/electro-acoustic combinations, and real-time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. Schrader is the founder and the first president of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States), and has been responsible for the initiation and operation of SCREAM (Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music), the Currents concert series, and the CalArts Electro-Acoustic Marathon. He is on the Board of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. He has written for several publications including several editions of “The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians”, “Grolier's Encyclopedia”, “Contemporary Music Review”, and “Journal SEAMUS”, and is the author of the book “Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music”. He is currently on the Composition Faculty of the School of Music of the California Institute of the Arts, and has also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and California State University at Los Angeles. His music is recorded on the Opus One, Laurel, CIRM, SEAMUS, Centaur, and Innova labels. His web site is

The “Beyond” CD (Innova 640) is available at regular and online stores as well as directly from Innova at


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