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Exhibition | Sound installation

Sound installation- Broken Ensemble

Tuesday 10 May 2022 - Wednesday 2 November 2022
PJ Veth Building
Nonnensteeg 1-3
ACPA exhibition space, located at the basement of the P.J. Veth building

Broken ensemble is a series of sound installations, in principle a self-played ensemble, consisting of some broken instruments which can not be normally played anymore. A transducer (exciter) is attached to each instrument in order to resonate their body and produce sound in a same way as in a loudspeaker. An algorithm running on a computer in real time, is responsible for producing the music in certain orders and sending it to the instruments. The sound material used in this work is also based on the recordings of the same instruments. Like an ensemble, they interact with each other, play together and give space to one another while structuring unrepeated musical forms.

Siamak Anvari

Siamak Anvari is a composer and sound artist based in the Netherlands. He is active in the field of electroacoustic music, composes multichannel pieces, makes installation works and collaborates with other artists in interdisciplinary projects.

He has studied composition at the Art University of Tehran and electroacoustic music at the Institute of Sonology at the
Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In his music he is often concerned with utilizing the space as a musical parameter. He works with various multichannel sound systems and loudspeaker configurations.

His compositions have been performed in Iran, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland. He is currently a research associate at the Institute of Sonology as well as a PhD candidate at the Leiden University.

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