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Past Links

Annie Mahtani

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Duration: 11:58
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD501910022

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits

The source material for this piece was all recorded at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley in West Midlands county (England, UK). Past Links encompasses all aspects of the museum and consequently the industrial heritage of the area. Chain making, fairground rides, barges, glass engraving and various bits of machinery are captured in a rich sonic landscape of a bygone age.

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Past Links was realized in 2008 at the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and premiered on March 8, 2008 during the 25 Years of BEAST Festival in Birmingham (England, UK). Thanks to the staff of the Black Country Living Museum. Past Links was awarded a Mention at the 35th Bourges international Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art Competition (France, 2008) and a Special Mention in the 5th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses 2008 (Ohain, Belgium).


Premiere

  • March 8, 2008, 25 Years of BEAST, Birmingham (England, UK)

Awards

’Round Midnight

Annie Mahtani

  • Year of composition: 2010, 18
  • Duration: 10:30
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD501910023

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits

In 2009 I spent two weeks in the Amazon Rainforest as part of the Mamori Sound Project, an artist residency led by Francisco López. A number of recording trips would be made each day but those made at night were the most magical (and sometimes dangerous). ’Round Midnight uses recordings made at around midnight on different days and different locations, from within the confines of a forest, surrounded by trees and vegetation to the expansiveness experienced from a small boat in the middle of a lake. The sounds of frogs, insects, fish and birds from the middle of the night to the very early hours of dawn all feature to create a polyphonic chorus.

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’Round Midnight was realized in 2010 in the composer’s home studio and premiered on July 10, 2010 during the 9th Nuit bleue festival in Arc-et-Senans (France). The piece was revised in 2018. Thanks to Francisco López, Asier Gorgotza and fellow attendees of the 2009 Mamori Sound Project.


Premiere

  • July 10, 2010, [The printed programme uses the title Mamori Sketch.]: Nuit bleue 2010: 2 — Mamori Sound Project, Saline royale, Arc-et-Senans (Doubs, France)

Inversions

Annie Mahtani

  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Duration: 9:26
  • Instrumentation: 24-channel fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD501910024

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits

Inversions began as a live improvisatory piece in 2014 to be performed alongside Néle Azevedo’s Minimum Monument project in Birmingham (England, UK).

Minimum Monument is an open-air exhibition displaying 5000 figures made of ice, inverting the official canons of the monument as, in Azevedo’s words: “in the place of the hero, the anonym; in the place of the solidity of the stone, the ephemeral ice; in the place of the monumental scale, the minimum scale of the perishable bodies. Thousands of small sculptures of ice are placed in public space. The memory is inscribed in the photographic image and shared by everyone. It is no longer reserved to great heroes nor to great monuments. It loses its static condition to gain fluidity in the urban displacement and in the change of state of the water. It concentrates small sculptures of small men, the common men.”

The sound material was recorded during the exhibition’s two-week creation period; an intensive production line of delicate sculpting, chiselling and freezing. The fragility of the solitary figures transforms into a majestic army as the microscopic sounds of each sculpture multiply in their thousands.

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Inversions was realized in 2015 at the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and premiered on May 1, 2015 during the BEAST FEaST festival in Birmingham. The initial improvisation (for Minimum Monument) was commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome. Special thanks to Néle Azevedo.


Premiere

  • May 1, 2015, BEAST FEaST 2015: Concert 3, Elgar Concert Hall — Bramall Music Building — University of Birmingham, Birmingham (England, UK)

Aeolian

Annie Mahtani

  • Year of composition: 2015-16
  • Duration: 12:57
  • Instrumentation: 24-channel fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD501910025

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits

Aeolian, adjective
1. pertaining to Aeolus, or to the winds in general.
2. of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.

This work is composed from recordings made in College Valley in North Northumberland (England, UK) on a field recording expedition in May 2015. Situated on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, College Valley is a haven for wildlife and vegetation and the perfect location for wildlife sound recording. On this particular weekend, the weather was not conducive to dawn choruses but instead displayed spectacular winds which were ever present and consequently a feature in all recordings.

Aeolian celebrates the remoteness of the valley: still but never quiet. The burn rushes along the valley, penetrating the aural landscape with its monotony. The driving wind rarely eases, speeding through the desolate expanse. Small birds, a cuckoo, emptiness. Fences reveal their internal harmonies singing louder as the wind picks up.

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Aeolian was realized in 2015-16 at the EMS (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK). It was premiered on April, 30, 2016 during the BEAST FEaST festival in Birmingham (UK). Thanks to Chris Watson and Jez Riley French for an inspiring field recording weekend.


Premiere

  • April 30, 2016, Annie Mahtani, diffusion • BEAST FEaST 2016: Concert 6, Elgar Concert Hall — Bramall Music Building — University of Birmingham, Birmingham (England, UK)

Racines tordues

Annie Mahtani

  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 12:48
  • Instrumentation: Ambisonics multichannel fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD501910026

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits
To my sister Ellie

“Embrace sorrowful thoughts for they sweep the house of your heart clean, scatter the withered leaves, and pull out the twisted roots, preparing the ground for new shoots of joy.
What sorrow takes away from the heart it replaces with something better.”

— From the poem This body is a guesthouse, Rumi

It is often not until life sends us through the darkest and most difficult of times that we are able to really appreciate all that we have, and come out of the other side blooming. This piece is dedicated to my sister Ellie, who did just that.

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Racines tordues was realized in 2019 at the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and premiered on March 7, 2019 at the concert HEARO Diffusion in the Middleton Hall of the University of Hull (Kingston upon Hull, UK). Thanks to Ricardo Santos Rocha for his beautiful music box.


Premiere

  • March 7, 2019, HEARO Diffusion, Middleton Hall — University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull (England, UK)

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