Automatopoiea: Study 1

Steven Naylor

Automatopoiea: Study 1

  • Steven Naylor
  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Duration: 9:34
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9114159534

Automatopoiea is a series of studies developed from the sounds of mechanical toys, or automata, built by designer-maker Tony Mann, an artist based in Devon (UK). Mann’s clever, kinetic pieces incorporate cast-off mechanical and electro-mechanical materials, chosen from a vast aggregation that spills beyond his studio and into a nearby barn. Each study in this series focuses upon the sonic idiosyncrasies of several of Tony Mann’s automata. The result ranges from the delicate highlighting of details to rampant commotion. This study explores sounds produced by Aviator, Captain Webb, and Ratchet-Bird.


Automatopoiea: Study 1 was realized in 2005 at the composer’s studio in Nova Scotia (Canada) and in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK). The work premiered on March 17, 2006 during the “Voyages sonores” concerts produced by BEAST at the CBSO Centre (Birmingham, UK). The work has also been presented in Harvest Moon (Montréal) in 2006, and the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium in 2011. The composer acknowledges financial support from the Nova Scotia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) during the creation of this work.


  • March 17, 2006, Voyages sonores: Concert 1, CBSO Centre, Birmingham (England, UK)