2nd Tehran International Electronic Music Festival, September 2 to 9, 2018

Artistic Directors: Sara Abazari, Mehdi Jalali

Scheduling Group and Art Advisors: Mohsen Mirmehdi, Azin Movahed, Gelareh Soleimani, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Farzia Fallah

Technical Director: Farhad Ilaghi Hosseini

Holding committee: Nazanin Ghiyasi, Sajjad Khodaverdi, Aila Moghimi, Alaleh Daneshmand, Ashkan Rahbarian

My activities at TIEMF entailed among others following:

September 2nd 2018, Hanooz Bookstore


Artificial voice. A brief history of speech synthesis: from talking heads to talking machines. 

In this talk, I present an overview of speech synthesis. The idea that a machine can generate speech disappears in the depths of history, but only recently has man been able to construct speaking devices with success. The narration of this history starts from simple hoaxes (antiquity to 17th c.) and moves on to mechanical approaches (18th c. to 19th c.) with more emphasis to electronic and digital approaches of the modern era (20th c. to present).

Sep 5th, Tehran University, School of Music

10:00 – 12:00 “Composing Seminar”: The Reconstructive Nature of Memory as a Compositional Model. Aesthetic Approach and Algorithmic implementations.

Memory and identity. Variance and invariance. Iteration and evolution. The opposition between unity and multiplicity, in terms of the ”dialectic of the repeated and the non- repeated.“ The present seminar outlines my views on compositional process technique in theory and in practice. At rst, I present a framework of a compositional methodology based on the reconstructive nature of memory, as a metaphor for the construction of pitch complexes and their dynamic and evolving elaboration in my music by means of algorithmic manipulations. In the second part, I present an introductory demonstration of some algorithmic routines of my interlocking technique.

12:00 – 15:00 Composing Master Class

With students of the M.A. Program in Composition of the Composition Area of the Tehran University Department of Music Studies

Sep 8th 2018, Tehran University, Avini Hall

Premiere of my work

… am I hearing voices within the voice?” (2018) for fixed medium

was composed in more voices and vocal manifestations from samples of principally non-verbal vocalizations, reconstructed by fragmenting, overlaying and ltering the vocal timbres, to accommodate my own requirements
During the composition process, I was more interested into the subtleties of spoken sound when speech is deprived of meaning, the subtle pauses, speech cadences, evolving dynamics, the stumbles, the stammers, the um’s, and ah’s, the speeding up and slowing down.

See full program at Bro2018-NEW