Composer, Sound Artist/Sound Sculptor, Photographer
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Barry Prophet is a composer, percussionist, sound artist and sculptor whose work has appeared in galleries and theatres in Canada, United States and Europe. Creating unique sounds since 1979, Barry's percussion performance sculptures and micro tonally tuned glass lithophones have been featured on numerous recordings including his CD, 'Crystal Bones' & William Beauvais’ Invisible Cities.'Prophet gently blows the doors off our settled notions of timbre and tonality.’ Globe and Mail, Robert Everett-Green. Installation art includes Black Quiver at MacLaren Art Centre Barrie, Synthecycletron commissioned by New Adventures in Sound Art on Toronto Island, Dwellings & Incursions at Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Sarnia and Sound Booth in “Ice Follies 2010” W.K.P.Kennedy Gallery North Bay. Barry has performed at the Canadian Music Centre's Nuit Blanche events in 2010 & 2011.
Chain Reaction Project interactive exhibition of Ontario Arts Council & Canada Council for the Arts supported project work product by Barry Prophet. This day long presentation of interactive kinetic sound sculptures, Arduino micro-controller based sound/sensor projects and bread board synthesizers was hosted by Musidium at 401 Richmond St.W. Toronto May 26, 2012.
Black Quiver Plugged, In an interactive sound sculpture installation by Barry Prophet at the Roncesvalles Village street festival Roncy Rocks June 16, 2012. Black Quiver is an interactive sound sculpture that was first installed at MacLaren Art Centre, as part of Barrie Ontario’s summer art exhibit Urban Visions 07. The Black Quiver sounds were processed though computer controlled effects enabling festival visitors of all ages to play on the Quiver and hear both acoustic and electronically altered sounds. Serpentine Pipe-way from the Chain Reaction Project and chime sculptures by Barry Prophet created a diverse range of sound sculpture experiences.
- Music Production
- Sound Art
- Sound Sculpture
- Fine Art Photography
- Arts Administration
- Performing Arts
- Contemporary Music
- Film Scoring
- Visual Arts
- Electronic Music
- Orchestral Music
- Sound Design
- Music Theory
- Music Education
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September 2013 - December 31, 2014
Barry will be offering Sound Art & Environmental Music Workshops in Ontario through the Ontario Arts Councils Artists in Education Program.
Introduction to Sound Art & Environmental Music by Barry Prophet
Environmental Music incorporates any sounds gathered from the environment, interior/exterior, urban/rural. These sounds can be used as they are found or can be enhanced through effects processing or manipulated beyond recognition of the original sound source. Inferences of time, place and narrative seem to be intrinsic. Most Environmental Music composers work from as broad a palette as possible.
The composition of Environmental Music can employ subtly changing sonic atmospheres (waves breaking on the shore, long sustained processed birdsong) and mechanically repetitive sequences (machine sounds, processed walking on gravel or through dry leaves) to represent opposite ends of the bedtrack/soundscape spectrum. An ambient environmental piece could be a layering of atmospheres and sequences moving in and out of audible focus.
A more structured environmental piece could incorporate precise arranging of atmospheres and sequences with texturally and/or contextually powerful sonic events, similar to the addition of higher, pure tone instruments in a conventional music composition. The passing of a train and the flushing of a toilet are both texturally and contextually powerful sonic events but contribute to the telling of very different stories and imply contrasting senses of time and place. Such a contrast can establish interesting tensions between expectation and experience, assumed communication and finely crafted expression.
Environmental Music can tell a story or enhance storytelling, be used as soundscape for theatre, soundtrack for media and composition for dance. Creating Environmental Music in a desktop or laptop computer is accessible and compelling, a journey of discovery into an ever expanding sonic universe.
Barry Prophet & Bryant Didier are now working together as "Cyclic Dream". They improvise and compose in real time using voice, bass, electronic/acoustic percussion & sound art. The duo is open to performing for a wide range of venus, festivals, tours & "run outs". Listen to their work at https://soundcloud.com/cyclic-dream
- Team members:
- Barry Prophet,
- Bryant Didier
Barry Prophet creates real-time compositions of atmospheres, textures & patterns evoking the worlds of spirits and beyond. As a percussionist of thirty-five years' experience, Barry utilizes percussion synthesizers, a substantial library of field, studio and experimental recordings, virtual instruments & sensor-based light emitting controllers to saturate the atmosphere with evolving soundscapes of dark and light.
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