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

Photograph of Dr Annie Mahtani

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 studied music and composition at the University of Birmingham completing an AHRC funded Doctorate in 2008. I then worked as a freelance composer, performer and curator before being appointed as lecturer here in 2014. I have   worked in arts administration and events and project management and completed a Masters in Arts and Project Management at Birmingham City University in 2011.

As a composer, my work has been performed extensively in concerts and festivals internationally. My work has been recognised through inclusion in a number of international conferences and I received an honorable mention at the 35th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, Bourges 2008. I have received a number of commissions including those from the University of Birmingham, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Birmingham Hippodrome, Jazzlines and PRS Women in Music.


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 interested in electroacoustic composition and related areas.


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

Other activities

I have been a Jury member for Jeu de Temps / Time Play competition, Canada (2008-2012) and for the Interntional Computer Music Conference, 2011

I am a board member of the International Society for Contemporary Music (Britain)

In 2010, I founded SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based organisation dedicated to promoting local sound artists and composers. As a curator I have received funding from the Sound and Music Composer Curator Programme.


Selected Live Performances

  • Metanast, Manchester, Sept 2014;
  • SOUNDkitchen, Birmingham September 2014;
  • Klang! Electroacoustique, Montpelier, France, June 2014;
  • Electric Spring, Huddersfield, Feb 2014;
  • Noisefloor Festival, Staffordshire, May 2012;
  • SOUNDkitchen, Birmingham July 2011;

Selected Fixed Media Performances

  • Acoustic Frontiers, Ottowa, Dec 2013;
  • Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra, May 2013;
  • Red Sonic Festival, London, April 2013;
  • States of Play, Birmingham, October 2010;
  • Nuit Bleue, Besançon, France, July 2010;
  • Inventionen Festival, Berlin, July 2010;
  • ICMC 2010, New York, June 2010;
  • Sonic Spatial Perspectives, Leeds, Feb 2009;
  • International Conference on Music since 1900 Keele, July 2009;
  • Nachstrom, Basel, Switzerland, Dec 2008;
  • ICMC, Belfast, August 2008;
  • The Late Music Festival, York, June 2008;
  • 25 Years of BEAST, Birmingham, March 2008;
  • ÉuCuE Series XXVI Montreal, Canada, Feb 2008;
  • 25 Years of Beast, Birmingham, Jan 2008;


  • 2009, Birmingham Sound Matter, Audio Bulb (AB023) Shadows