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The Presentation of Realities: The use of field recordings from composition to the documentary




The act of field recording is a fundamental process for many composers working in electroacoustic music but the use and treatment of those recordings can vary to great extents. Through an exploration of the speakers own musical compositions and related projects, this talk will explore the approaches of using field recordings in creative work,  consider the ethical considerations and responsibilities of the composer working with environmental sound material and, question where the boundaries between the musical and the documentary lie.

Annie Mahtani (UK, 1981) is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham (UK).
Her output encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a collaborator, she has worked extensively with dance and theatre, and on site-specific installations. With a strong interest in field recording, her work often explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear. Her music explores abstract and recognizable sound worlds and all the spaces in between. Annie works extensively with multichannel audio both in fixed medium works and in live performance.
Her music has been recognized and performed extensively in concerts and festivals internationally. She has 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). Annie Mahtani is a Senior 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.

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5.30pm - 7.30pmWednesday 16th October 2019

AG09 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom