Daniel Oppenheim at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and the IBM music research center, Barry has worked extensively in the development of interactive musical software that interacts with a solo performer in an improvisational manner. He performed the world premiere of Dr. Oppenheim's Concerto in D for MIDI violin and Dmix interactive software (sound samples). Their work in this area was featured on BBC Television's Open University. Collecting and building musical instruments is one of Barry's passions.
He specializes in building unusual ceramic musical instruments and performing on them with his group Burnt Earth. Barry authored the book "From Mud to Music" and produced the instructional DVD "UDU: Clay Pot Drums and How to Play Them." He has published several articles on instrument building in the journal Experimental Musical Instruments and his original musical instruments are featured in publications such as Gravikords, Whirlies and Pyrophones, a book and CD compilation of experimental musical instrument builders (published by Ellipsis Arts), Making Musical Instruments by Hand, by Jay Havighurst (Rockport Publishers), and The Extruder Book by Daryl Baird (published by the American Ceramic Society). He will also be featured in an upcoming textbook on the science of ceramics. Barry's instruments have been exhibited at the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Brookfield Craft Center, where Barry has also curated an exhibit.
Burnt Earth's music has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and is included in numerous compilation CDs. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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