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Austin, Larry (Don)

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Austin, Larry (Don), American composer and teacher; b. Duncan, Okla., Sept. 12, 1930. He was a student of Archer at the Univ. of N. Tex. in Dentón (B.M.E., 1951; M.M., 1952). After studies with Milhaud at Mills Coll. in Oakland, Calif, (summer, 1955), he pursued graduate training with Imbrie at the Univ. of Calif, at Berkeley (1955–58). He later studied electronic music at the San Francisco Tape Music Center (1965–66), and computer music at Stanford Univ. (summer, 1969) and the Mass. Inst. of Technology (summer, 1978). In 1958 he joined the faculty of the Univ. of Calif, at Davis, where he was a prof. and director of its bands (1958–72), and founder and co-director of its New Music Ensemble (1963–68). In 1966 he also helped to found the unique and invaluable avant-garde music journal Source, which he ed. until it suspended publication in 1972. From 1972 to 1978 Austin was a prof. at the Univ. of S. Fla. in Tampa, where he was chairman of the music dept. (1972–73) and founder-director of the Systems Complex for the Studio and Performing Arts (1972–78). In 1978 he became a prof. at the Univ. of N. Tex., where he was director of the electronic music center (1981–82) and founder–director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (1982–91; 1993–96). In 1996 he retired from his professorship. He was co–founder and president of the Consortium to Distribute Computer Music (from 1986) and president of the International Computer Music Assn. (1990–94). With T. Clark, he publ. the textbook Learning to Compose: Modes, Materials, and Models of Musical Invention (Dubuque, 1989). He has received many commissions, grants, and awards. His compositions have been widely performed and recorded, including his complete realization of Ives’s Universe Symphony in 1994. In 1996 he became the first American composer to receive the Magistère prize at the International Electroacoustic Music Competition in Bourges for his BluesAx . Austin’s music ranges widely with utilization of traditional ensembles and diverse combinations of instruments, voices, audio and/or video tape, film, computer sounds, and live electronics.

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