Born in 1945, Klarenz Barlow obtained a science degree at Calcutta University in 1965 and a concert pianist diploma from Trinity College of Music London the same year. He studied acoustic and electronic composition from 1968-73 at Cologne Music University as well as sonology from 1971-72 at Utrecht University. His use of a computer as an algorithmic music tool dates from 1971. He initiated and in 1986 co-founded GIMIK: Initiative Music and Informatics Cologne and served as chair for thirteen years. He was in charge of computer music from 1982-1994 at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music and from 1984-2005 at Cologne Music University. In 1988 he was Director of Music of the XIVth International Computer Music Conference, held that year in Cologne. From 1990-94 he was Artistic Director of the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where from 1994-2006 he was Professor of Composition and Sonology. Since 1994 he has been a member of the International Academy of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France. At UCSB he functions as professor at MAT, the Music Department (as Corwin Endowed Chair and Head of Composition) and the College of Creative Studies.
His interests are the algorithmic composition of instrumental, electronic and computer music, music software development as well as interdisciplinary activities, e.g. between music and language, and the visual, and would welcome collaboration with MAT students in any of these fields.