Siamak is a PhD candidate at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.
Profile & Research
Siamak Anvari is a composer and sound artist based in The Netherlands. He was born in Tehran, Iran in 1981 and studied composition at the Art University of Tehran. He has composed many instrumental pieces for different ensembles and orchestra. After being interested in electroacoustic music, he moved to the Netherlands to study at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. After being awarded the best entrance examination scholarship, he entered the Master's program in Sonology at the same school and accomplished his studies under supervision of Richard Barrett and achieved his diploma with distinction. His music has been performed in Iran, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and France. He is currently research associate at the Institute of Sonology.
Materialization of fixed media electroacoustic music
This research concentrates on the performance of fixed media electroacoustic music. While
terms like tape music, concrete music, acousmatic music and so on are based on different
compositional vantage points, the result in every case is music for loudspeakers. Despite the
fact that this music is produced and recorded in a fixed form, its presentation allows for
considerable flexibility and introduce a performative aspect. However, very little attention has
until now been given to this practice and the parameters (artistic and technical) involved in it.
This research entails an investigation into how this music has been presented in both past and
current practice, especially regarding the influence of technological advances in sound
reproduction systems. On the other hand, the reciprocal impact of differing presentation
modes on the development of compositional aesthetics in this music will be examined.
The overall methodology for this project is to present/perform a selection of fixed media
pieces with particular relevance to the question of what performance actually means in this
context, examining the role of the interpreter, the extent to which the spatial character of the
music is an aspect of composition or an aspect of its performance ("diffusion"), or one of the
many possible combinations of both. Some of the case studies will include my own work,
which itself is informed by the artistic research involved in presenting pre-existent works, so
that an optimal feedback cycle will be established between creative, interpretative and