Rimmer, John (Francis)
- John Young
(b Auckland, Feb 5, 1939). New Zealand composer. His initial training in composition was with Tremain at the University of Auckland, where he also did postgraduate work in musicology. An interest in electro-acoustic music in the mid-1960s led him to study in Toronto under Weinzweig and Gustav Ciamaga. In 1974 he joined the staff of the University of Auckland, founding the electro-acoustic music studio there. His compositions include instrumental, vocal, theatrical and electro-acoustic works, with some emphasis on pieces mixing instrumental or vocal forces with electro-acoustic sounds, as in the Composition series of ten such works. A powerful influence of the natural environment can be found in much of his work, including the ‘modelling’ of specific natural events, such as the build-up and dissipation of energy in a breaking wave in his Viola Concerto, Seaswell, for trumpet and tape, Your Piano is my Forte for piano and orchestra, and the electro-acoustic ...