Having been taught and mentored by Henry Cowell and having developed his electronic music techniques in the studios under the direction of Ianis Xenakis, Barton McLean has had a 20-year teaching career in which, as director of the electronic music/music technology programs at Indiana University-South bend and the University of Texas-Austin he pioneered the first large-scale commercially-available digital sequencer (Synthi 100) and sampler (Fairlight CMI), and with his wife Priscilla produced 14 LP recordings and ten CDs, some of which have become staples in electronic music courses. In 1983 he and Priscilla McLean left academia to develop their electroacoustic duo The McLean Mix, which has proven itself in hundreds of concerts and installations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Pacific Rim, as a full-time career.

His current interest is in composing on the Kyma System, which can be found on YouTube. In addition to hundreds of residencies at universities, and an equal number at arts centers and museums in the USA and abroad, the McLeans have recently completed residencies as guest composers at the Asian Composers League in Manila and the Universiti Malaysia – Sarawak.

Albums

Gods, Demons, and the Earth

Release Date: September 4, 2012
Catalog Number: RR7860
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Vocal Music
Electronic
Percussion
Voice
GODS, DEMONS, AND THE EARTH was originally released in 1995 was lauded as "awesome" (ClassicalNet) and "surreal" (Twentieth Century Music).
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The Electric Performer

Release Date: September 4, 2012
Catalog Number: RR7858
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Electroacoustic
Electronic
Saxophone
THE ELECTRIC PERFORMER was originally released in 1997 was lauded as "awesome" "at times Cageian and Crumbian" (ClassicalNet).
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Rainforest Images

Release Date: September 4, 2012
Catalog Number: RR7841
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Electroacoustic
Electronic
Voice
THE MCLEAN MIX: RAINFOREST IMAGES was originally released in 1993 was lauded as "awesome" (ClassicalNet) and "one of the more convincing Fast-West syntheses since Philip Glass's music for Kundun" (Twentieth Century Music).
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