Trevor Wishart

Trevor Wishart is an English composer best known for his electro-acoustic music and the software he has developed over the years to make his sound work possible.

Educated at the University of Oxford (BA, 1968), the University of Nottingham (MA, 1969), and the University of York (PhD, 1973), in the 1970s Wishart developed site-specific events and experimental music theatre with live props, and he was active in music education, publishing the Sounds Fun books of musical games. He was the sound designer for the Jorvik Viking Centre, the first multimedia museum in the UK, wrote extensively on the topic of what he terms “sonic art,” and contributed to the design and implementation of software tools used in the creation of digital music, most notably the Composers Desktop Project.

Wishart’s music has won numerous prizes, including a Euphonie d’Or at Bourges (Red Bird) and the Golden Nica for Computer Music at Linz Ars Electronica (Tongues of Fire), and in 2008 he was awarded the Gigaherz Grand Prize at ZKM, in recognition of his life’s work. He is currently working on a new extended 8-channel audio piece, The Garden of Earthly Delights, in which voices are heard in several different audio environments, and where the words they use and the environmental context all metamorphose each time they return.