Barry Schrader

American electro-acoustic composer.


Number 93 Barry Schrader - Trinity / Emergence / Voicemask album art Barry Schrader / George Todd Barry Schrader / George Todd - Trinity / Emergence / Voicemask(LP) Opus One Number 93 US 1983 Sell This Version
LR-139 Barry Schrader - Lost Atlantis album art Barry Schrader Lost Atlantis (Album) Laurel Record LR-139 US 1986 Sell This Version
innova 575 Barry Schrader - EAM album art Barry Schrader EAM(CD, Album) Innova Recordings innova 575 US 2002 Sell This Version
innova 640 Barry Schrader - Beyond album art Barry Schrader Beyond(CD, Album) Innova Recordings innova 640 US 2005 Sell This Version
innova 654 Barry Schrader - Fallen Sparrow album art Barry Schrader Fallen Sparrow(CD, Album) Innova Recordings innova 654 US 2006 Sell This Version
innova 703 Barry Schrader - Monkey King  album art Barry Schrader Monkey King (CD, Album) Innova Recordings innova 703 US 2008 Sell This Version
innova 830 Barry Schrader - The Barnum Museum album art Barry Schrader The Barnum Museum(CD, Album) Innova Recordings innova 830 US 2012 Sell This Version
PDR005L Barry Schrader - Galaxy Of Terror (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Barry Schrader Galaxy Of Terror (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Pure Destructive Records (2) PDR005L US 2017 Sell This Version
PDR 004 Barry Schrader Galaxy Of Terror (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, TP) Pure Destructive Records (2) PDR 004 US 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1001 Barry Schrader - Pacific Light And Water / Wu Xing - Cycle Of Destruction album art Wadada Leo Smith, Barry Schrader Wadada Leo Smith, Barry Schrader - Pacific Light And Water / Wu Xing - Cycle Of Destruction(CD, Single, Ltd) Ex Machina (3) 1001 US 2020 Sell This Version


CRC 2490 Barry Schrader - Transmigration Music album art David Behrman, David Rosenboom, Barry Schrader, Morton Subotnick, Mark Trayle David Behrman, David Rosenboom, Barry Schrader, Morton Subotnick, Mark Trayle - Transmigration Music(CD, Comp) Centaur Records CRC 2490 US 2000 Sell This Version


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December 19, 2020
During the 20 minutes of \”Pacific Light And Water\/Wu Xing - Cycle Of Destruction\" Wadada Leo Smith shows off his ability to seamlessly transition from a descriptive register to a raging one, inflaming an electronic base that seems to want to describe an odyssey into the future. Barry Schrader builds multidimensional worlds: an expanding universe that uses the grammar of electro-acoustics to define the boundaries of a moving reality, boundaries that Smith's trumpet seems to easily cross every time he encounters one.
- Roberto Mandolini
— Ondarock

Perhaps the most distinguishing factor of the track is its use of space. This would not be a surprise to anyone familiar with Smith’s style, but Schrader adeptly provides a quiet – almost ambient – background. Tones hum and buzz, while gentle percussive elements arise from time to time. Over this Smith provides what is most likely a structured improvisation, with long-held notes in various registers as well as rapid runs. His playing is often textural and discordant, reflecting the dual architectures of nature and philosophy on which the recording is based.
- Mike Borella
— Avant Music News

We should expect eclecticism: it is the surface of our time. A better doorway might be to notice that several of the pieces explored common themes, while differing widely in style and execution. For instance, one of those themes was structural counterpoint, the merging of two separate entities into one. A very literal and tour de force example was”Pacific Light and Water/Wu Xing-Cycle of Destruction” by Barry Schrader and Wadada Leo Smith. This piece literally merged two separate works into a new composition. Schrader’s is an electronic composition that deftly changes texture as it progresses through the Chinese five elements; Smiths is an intricate trumpet improvisation that follows a colored map of waters off the Pacific coast that chart the penetration of light frequencies. Both the electronic work and the free-jazz trumpet solo were complete compositions. How fascinating that they integrated so smoothly, forming a third work when played simultaneously. As with contrapuntal lines, we listeners noticed moments of parallel, contrary, and oblique motion between the two structures. - Russell Steinberg

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