PENDLERDRØM (1997) 11'59"
Pendlerdrøm (or "Commuterdream") is a soundscape composition that recreates a commuter's trip home from the Central Train
Station in Copenhagen. At two points, one in the station and the other on the train, the commuter lapses into a daydream in which the
sounds that were only half heard in the station return to reveal their musical qualities. It is hoped that the next day the commuter will
hear the musicality of the station's soundscape in a different manner as a result of the dream; the rest of us may discover the very same
aspects the second time we hear the work.
Barry Truax (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
is a Professor in both the School of Communication and the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University
where he teaches courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic music.
He has worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic
Communication dealing with all aspects of sound and technology.
As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works and
those which combine tape with live performers or computer graphics.
A selection of these pieces may be heard on the recording Sequence of Earlier Heaven, and the Compact Discs Digital
Soundscapes, Pacific Rim, Song of Songs, Inside, Islands, and Twin Souls, all on the Cambridge Street Records label.
In 1991 his work, Riverrun, was awarded the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges,
France, a category open only to electroacoustic composers of 20 or more years experience. He is also the recipient of one of the 1999
Awards for Teaching Excellence at Simon Fraser University. Barry is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.