Susan Frykberg

Susan Frykberg (born 10 October 1954) is an electroacoustic composer and a sound artist. She also composes acoustic music in a variety of genres.


Susan Frykberg was born in Hastings, New Zealand, and studied at the University of Canterbury, Simon Fraser University and the University of Otago. Teachers included John Rimmer, Barry Vercoe, Barry Connyngham, Iannis Xenakis and Barry Truax.

She moved to Canada in 1979 and worked as a free-lance composer in Toronto until a move to Vancouver in 1986, to complete a master's degree with Barry Truax. She then taught for seven years in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She has also served as a guest lecturer at The Ontario College of Art, Toronto, and Emily Carr College, Vancouver, Auckland University, RMIT University, Melbourne and Box Hill Institute of TAFE. She has one son.[1][2]


Frykberg composes electroacoustic works. Selected compositions include:

  • Mother Too
  • Insect Life
  • Birth/Rebirth Bearing Me
  • Audio Birth Project
  • Margaret
  • Astonishing Sense
  • I Didn’t Think Much About It
  • Sue and Kathy Telecompose across the Country[3]

Her works have been recorded and issued on media including:

  • Astonishing Sense Of Being Taken Over By Something Greater Than Me (CD) Earsay Productions, 1998
  • Transonances (Cass, Ltd) Underwhich Audiographics, 1984
  • harangue I (CD) Earsay, 1998


  1. Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  2. Cummings, David M. (2000). International who's who in music and musicians' directory.
  3. Rubin, Anna. "Susan Frykberg: Astonishing Sense of being taken over by something far greater than me" (PDF). Computer Music Journal. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
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