Name: Austin, Larry

Historical Note:

Larry Don Austin was born on September 12, 1930 in Duncan, Oklahoma. By the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, his family had relocated to Vernon, Texas.

Austin earned a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in music from what is now the University of North Texas, studying with Violet Archer (University of North Texas). He later studied with French composer Darius Milhaud (Mills College), and American composer Andrew Imbrie (University of California-Berkeley), collaborating in California in the 1960s with composers John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and David Tudor. Austin also co-founded the groundbreaking journal of new and experimental music, Source: Music of the Avant Garde, whose archives also reside in the Music Library. He was a member of the UNT College of Music faculty from 1978 until 1996, and served as director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia from 1983 to 1991, and in 1995 and 1996. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). His works have been performed nationally and internationally by ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic of Warsaw, and he remained active as a composer well after his retirement from UNT. Larry Austin died in Denton, Texas on December 30, 2018.


Larry Austin in the 1940 United States Federal Census, via, viewed September 19, 2020

"Larry Don Austin,", viewed October 19, 2020,

Wikipedia article on Larry Austin, viewed October 15, 2020,

Larry Austin, UNT College of Music Division of Composition, viewed October 15, 2020,

"Larry Austin," EMF media, page captured by Internet Archive on September 28, 2008, viewed October 15, 2020,

Records or Manuscript Collections Created by Austin, Larry

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