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

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Department of Music
Senior Lecturer in Music

Contact details

Address
Bramall Music Building
Music Department
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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

Qualifications

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

Biography

I am an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer. My output encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a collaborator, I have worked extensively with dance and theatre, and on site-specific installations. 

My music has been recognized and performed extensively in concerts and festivals internationally an I have received a number of notable commissions including those from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Jazzlines, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, and Rosie Kay Dance Company (for which she is the Company composer).

I am a co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham-based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art. She has been a member of a number of boards and panels and is currently a committee member for the British ElectroAcoustic Network (BEAN), and Chair of the British Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

Teaching

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

Postgraduate supervision

Electroacoustic music
Acousmatic composition
Multichannel composition including ambisonics
Spatialisation and diffusion
Field-Recording and phonography
Cross-disciplinary collaboration
Site-specific composition and installation


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

Research

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.

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.

As an active field recordist, I work extensively with environemental sound material both compositional and  in the development of augmented soundwalks.

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

Publications

Highlight publications

Mahtani, A, Racines, 2019, Digital or Visual Products, emprientes DIGITALes, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Recent publications

Composition

Mahtani, A & Kay, R, 10 SOLDIERS, 2019, Composition.

Mahtani, A, 'Round Midnight, 2019, Composition.

Mahtani, A, Racines tordues: Ambisonic acousmatic composition, 2019, Composition.

Mahtani, A, MK Ultra 2018 soundscore, Rosie Kay Dance Company, 2018, Composition.

Mahtani, A, Re-Sounding Yardley: For Oboe, Viola, Tape and Live Sound Processing, 2018, Composition.

Digital or Visual Products

Mahtani, A, Hingley, E & Mingard, E, Finding Space, 2019, Digital or Visual Products, Institute of Physics, Online.

Mahtani, A, Re-sounding Yardley: Soundwalk, 2018, Digital or Visual Products.

Mahtani, A & Armstrong, I, Regeneration: Soundwalk, 2018, Digital or Visual Products.

Mahtani, A & Armstrong, I, This Way To The Revolution: Soundwalk, 2018, Digital or Visual Products.

Mahtani, A & Armstrong, I, Ilha Verde.1, 2018, Digital or Visual Products, Bandcamp.

Mahtani, A & Bongs, K, Quantum Technology Soundwalk, 2018, Digital or Visual Products.

Mahtani, A & Armstrong, I, SOUNDwalker, 2018, Digital or Visual Products.

Performance

Mahtani, A, Europa Meta-Orchestra Launch Performance, 2019, Performance.

Mahtani, A & Mapp, C, Gonimoblast Duo: Live Performance, 2018, Performance.

Mahtani, A & Mapp, C, Gonimoblast: Live multichannel performance, 2018, Performance.

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