for String Quartet
“Obsession” (for String Quartet) is inspired by OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which contains blocks in order to show the distractions of human behaving while encountering obsession. Obsessive Behaviors might change from one type to another, but it remains with the same root in its own endless cycle and it could affect all the emotions, acts, and decisions in daily life.
“Devenir fou par amour” endeavours to imitate the electronic sounds/effects of another one of my compositions “Sheida” (for ensemble and electronics) through acoustic instruments only, along with exploring the different possibilities of creating sounds via each instrument in order to revise the electronics to acoustic sonic in the composition.
Getting Crazy from falling in love, which is the meaning of “Sheida” in the eastern world, draws its inspiration from two distinct but related ideas: Love about perpetual emotion and transformation of one’s personality over his/her lifetime during falling in love. Considering the whole painting (including the frame) as a human and its pattern as the human’s behavior in love, which surprisingly could be changed enormously with a process or sudden coincidences, gave me the idea of “Sheida”. Struggling and getting crazy of an unsuccessful eastern way of falling in love, made me think about the form of the piece. The combination of different blocks, with their specific characteristic, tries to represent the different emotions during encountering it whilst showing a process of change in the whole frame.
The piece draws its inspiration from two distinct but related ideas: Escher’s paintings about perpetual motion and transformation of one’s personality over his/her lifetime. Considering the whole painting with the frame as a human and its pattern as the human’s personality, which surprisingly could be changed enormously with a process, gave me the idea of Rebirth.
Our psychology changes for at least a few times during our life span due to incidents or situations we experience. Every incident could be the starting point for changing the perception in each person’s perspective. This piece is about these changes and how they stem from our previous state and in each stage; still some aspects of the earlier stage(s) can be seen. This is like a cycle we are always facing with the effects of its incidents which lead to change us gradually. It can go on and on but the strongest and deepest effects on our psychology repeat themselves during the cycles until they fade away.
The idea of “The Distance Between Me and My..Self” (for Flute & Bassoon) is based on the absence of integrity of being. Each ‘being’ consists of different layers inside it. Although we name these layers as one personality, some of them are totally opposite of each other. Tending to act in a different way than how we usually behave is evidence of self-conflict.
In fact, ‘being’ is divided into different parts with each entity having the tendency to behave more or less in the opposite way from the other. In experiencing different situations, our diverse characters reveal themselves and they might surprise us with an irony. Furthermore, the lyric being read in this piece is related to the self-protection and loneliness of each separated layer of a human being.
The players, representing different dimensions of a ‘being’ by having different timbres, start to play far from each other with the same note which shows their integrity. The more they get closer to each other; the more conflict arises. Lastly, the piece illustrates a cross in performance in an abstract way. Horizontally, there is a gradual movement towards the middle of the stage by players and vertically, after lots of divergence and convergence in terms of pitch, the register of their playing becomes separated to an opposite way increasingly meanwhile they get closer to each other.
“Sheida”, an Electroacoustic piece, is known as “Transcultural Music” which creates its own character with the combination of Uzbek’s instruments, classical instruments, and electronics. Finding the bridge between all the three different types of music’s language was the main concern during the composition process.
The illusion of the exact repetition of our behavior after every span was the starting point of the piece. Using electronics equipment such as Ring Modulator, Loop Machine and others helped me to include my imagination of illusion during the approximate repetition.
The composition is notated in conventional contemporary music plus graphical notation.
for Experimental Orchestra, Typewriters & Narrator (21 Experimental Instruments including processed voices and lights)
Electroacoustic project with performance for Digital Bauhaus Orchestra (DBO)
The psychology of a human begin contains different layers which sometimes each individual layer can have its own function. Also, the hidden layers of a humans’ personality have a strong position in daily behavior. We are dealing with an enormous amount of unconscious expressions every day which even sometimes mixed up with our conscious behavior.
“Anonymous Wrinkles” is inspired by the interaction of different layers of a person along with the ability to take control of his/her thoughts. The Metaphor as a demonstration of the brain’s ambient sound and representing it via audible sonic world was the beginning story of this project.
Definition of De Novo Mutation: A genetic alteration that is present for the first time in one family member as a result of a variant (or mutation) in a germ cell (egg or sperm) of one of the parents, or a variant that arises in the fertilized egg itself during early embryogenesis. Also called de novo variant, new mutation, and new variant.
Definition of Remutation: the action of changing back again. Origin: Late 17th century; earliest use found in Athenian Gazette. From re- + mutation.
Concerning the form of the “Remutations”, it should be mentioned that some of the movements are following in the same direction as the trend of the short movie, some of the others are working in an opposite way of the short movie’s climax, and the rests are a combination of both previous types. The composition could accompany the video till the middle as a background, meanwhile it catches the peak point of the video and would be synced, and lastly, after the climax, the music comes to the foreground and it changes its position with the short movie.
for Bass Flute and Electronics
The core of Serotonin Saturation’s idea had started to happen in Spring 2019 by 2 related but distinctive impressions. It is inspired by “Serotonin Syndrome” which causes high levels of the chemical serotonin to accumulate in the body by taking specific medications. Although Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter in the brain, which helps to regulate mood, social behavior, sexual desire, and relay messages from one area of the brain to another, too much serotonin can lead to agitation or restlessness, confusion, seizures, and death.
“Serotonin Saturation” is the imagination of overloaded and unstable thoughts with uncontrollable messages in the brain, both in conscious and unconscious levels. Minimalistic silence and sudden cuts, which are the second major aspect of the piece, used as the repetitive
silenced motif, and additionally, they are symbolized for not delivered messages in the different parts of the brain and cut communications.
The fixed media of the composition, specialized for 4 speakers, is mostly consists of the processed sound of Bass flute and human voices in order to have an authentic communication between the player and the electronics. In addition, it tries to demonstrate the inner and outer the perspective of voices between a human being and her surroundings, through the dry and the wet sounds.
Monologues of My Pillow
“Monologues of My Pillow” is a composition based on human voice sound processing. The only material that it has been used is the processing of a single human voice (by Max for lives and Ableton Live) in order to explore the micro and macro aspects of it along with discovering detailed possibilities of a human voice with its intonation. The composition has made in 2 versions:
a. Fixed Tape (2 Channel)
b. Trombone & Fixed Tape (4 Channel)
Cover Paintings by Zoheir Javaheri