"...Smeared textures whipped around listeners' heads along a wild variety of trajectories. Variations of pressure and phrase-length registered as legitimately musical. Discrete lines of vibration converged, with a triumphant air, before splitting apart again...". Seth Colter Walls writing in the New York Times, July 14th, 2017.

"... a mature, strong and convincing artistic expression that is conveyed with integrity and credibility... the work describes a fascinating dynamic condition rather than the course of a narrative... within the exciting experiential space that is created, minor and major dramatic events occur and grow, melting into each other in a compelling and sometimes humorous way. Barrett also shows a clear consciousness of the capacity of silence to highlight the various interest-moments in the composition, in a shifting interplay between activity and calm, chaos and order" Jury for the Nordic Council Music prize 2006


I compose acousmatic music, electroacoustic music for live soloists and ensembles, and sound-art installations. I have also created music for theatre and dance, large-scale outdoor media productions, background sound environments for exhibitions and incidental music for games and jingles. Many creations have involved exciting collaborations with musicians and visual artists, as well as architects and scientists.

I am inspired by acousmatic sound and the aural images it can evoke, particularly in terms of the evocative implications of space and the projection of 3-D sound-fields. Over the past 20 years I have become a specialist in the creative application of very high-order ambisonics and precision spatio-musical forms.

Even when composing for acoustic musicians, digital technologies are my core tools.

I also perform electroacoustic concerts; playing my own works as well as interpreting the spatial performance of other notable composers. Follow the concert listing for more information.

My works are performed and commissioned throughout the world and have received numerous recognitions, most notably the Nordic Council Music Prize (Norden / Scandinavia, 2006), Giga-Hertz Award (Germany, 2008), Edvard Prize (2004, Norway), Noroit-Leonce Petitot (Arras, France, 2002 & 1998), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France 2001, 1998 & 1995), Musica Nova (2001), IV CIMESP 2001, Concours Scrime, (France 2000), International Electroacoustic Creation Competition of Ciberart (Italy 2000), Concours Luigi Russolo (Italy 1995 & 1998), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, honorary mentions in 1998 and 2017), 9th International Rostrum for electoacoustic music (2002). My installations include a major work for the Norwegian state commission for art in public spaces.