Dr Annie Mahtani BMus (Hons), MA, MPhil, PhD

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Department of Music
Lecturer in Electroacoustic Composition

Contact details

Bramall Music Building
Music Department
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a composer of electroacoustic music, specialising in acousmatic composition and multichannel audio.


  • BMus, MPhil, PhD University of Birmingham
  • MA Birmingham City University


I am an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham, UK. After completing my doctoral studies in composition in 2008, I worked as a freelance composer, performer, curator and educator.

My work encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a collaborator, I have worked extensively with dance, theatre and on site-specific installations. With a strong interest in field recording, my work often explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear. My music explores abstract and recognisable sound worlds and all the spaces in between. With a preoccupation with space, my works extensively with multichannel audio both in concert pieces and in live performance.

I am a Lecturer in Music at The University of Birmingham. She is co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art.


I teach undergraduate modules in studio composition and postgraduate modules in Electroacoustic Resources and Advanced Electroacoustic Resources.

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise students with primary research interests in electroacoustic composition, multichannel composition and environmental sound

Find out more - our Music postgraduate study  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research interests include multichannel acousmatic composition, performance practice of electroacoustic music, live acousmatic performance, phonography, site-specific installations and cross disciplinary collaboration. 

As a composer I specialise in electroacoustic music and my work explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear. My music explores abstract and recognisable sound worlds and all the spaces in between.

Space is central to my research. I am currently developing working methods for composing large-scale multichannel works and exploring compositional methods for using ambisonic audio.

A further area of research is environmental sound. As an active field recordist, I work increasingly with surround sound recording methods. Further research in this area is the development of a series of augmented soundwalks and an accompanying mobile app.

As a performer I work with BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre) and am developing my live performance practice working collaboratively to develop live acousmatic and improvisatory performances.

I also collaborate regularly with dance and theatre companies as a composer and sound designer.

Other activities

I am Undergraduate Programme Lead for the Department of Music and Senior Admissions Tutor for LCAHM.

Recent performances and conferences:

  • Exposure, Radio 3: Performance and Interview
    20 Jul 2017
  • Sound + Environment 2017: Performance
    26 Jun 2017 → 2 Jul 2017
  • Klang! Électroacoustique Festival 2017: Performance
    2 Jun 2017
  • Invisible Places 2017: Soundwalk
    7 Apr 2017 → 9 Apr 2017
  • Klang! Électroacoustique Festival 2017: Jury Member
    1 Apr 2017 → 4 Jun 2017
  • The Engine Room 2017 , Morley College London: Jury Member
    1 Feb 2017 → 4 May 2017
  • Sound and Music, George Butterworth Award 2017: Panel Member
    1 Feb 2017 → 31 Mar 2017
  • Sound + Environment 2017, University of Hull: Reviewer
    1 Jan 2017 → 22 Mar 2017
  • Sound Junction, University of Sheffield: Performance
    26 Nov 2016
  • Minimum Monument, Lakes Alive Festival: Performer
    28 Aug 2016
  • BEAST FEaST 2016: Performance
    30 Apr 2016
  • Sound and Music, George Butterworth Award 2016: Panel Member
    9 Feb 2016 → 8 Mar 2016
  • Bath Spa University, MPA Research Forum talk: The Augmented Soundwalk: Speaker
    3 Dec 2015
  • Women in Sound/Women on Sound Symposium 2015: Performance
    13 Nov 2015
  • INTIME 2015: Performance and Paper
    24 Oct 2015 → 25 Oct 2015
  • British Composer Awards 2015: Panelist
    17 Jul 2015 → 18 Sep 2015
  • KLANG! Électroacoustique - Festival 2015: Performer and Jury Member
    4 Jun 2015
  • BEAST FEaST 2015: Performance
    1 May 2015
  • Hear and Now - Radio 3: Interviewee
    14 Mar 2015
  • International Society for Contemporary Music, British Section: Panel member
    1 Sep 2014 → 31 Aug 2017
  • Minimum Monument, Birmingham performance (Birmingham Hippodrome): Performer
    2 Aug 2014


  • Baby Daddy: Sound Design
    Mahtani, A. & Coleman, E. 2 Nov 2017
  • Backward Running Dinner: Soundscore
    Mahtani, A. & Winwood, K. 15 Oct 2017
  • Gonimoblast Live Remix Performance
    Mahtani, A. & Mapp, C. 20 Jul 2017
  • Finding Space: Sound and Visual installation
    Mahtani, A. & Hingley, E. 17 Jul 2017
  • HEARplay: Live acousmatic multichannel performance
    Mahtani, A. & Armstrong, I. 2 Jul 2017
  • Gonimoblast: Performance
    Mahtani, A., Mapp, C., John, L., Nicholls, D. & Sanders, M. 24 May 2017
  • São Miguel SOUNDwalk
    Mahtani, A. & Armstrong, I. 7 Apr 2017
  • Rosie Kay Dance Company, MK Ultra Soundscore
    Mahtani, A.17 Mar 2017
  • Sons et Lumiere: A Night at the Abbey Soundscore
    Mahtani, A.22 Oct 2016
  • Aeolian: 24 Channel Acousmatic Work
    Mahtani, A.27 Apr 2016
  • Inversions 24 Channel Acousmatic Work
    Mahtani, A.29 Apr 2015
  • Minimum Monument Soundscape
    Mahtani, A. 2 Aug 2014

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