PhD Defence Siamak Anvari - Materialisation of Fixed Media Music

Geplaatst op 28 mei 2024

Siamak Anvari
On June 25, 2024, Siamak Anvari will defend his doctoral research at University Leiden.

Tuesday 25 June 2023

Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


Prof.dr. Richard Barrett
Prof.dr. Marcel Cobussen


Frank Scheffer

Doctorate committee

Prof.dr. Rachel Beckles Willson
Prof.dr. Teresa Carrasco
Dr. Paul Craenen
Prof.dr. Cathy van Eck
Prof.dr. Erik Viskil

Siamak Anvari's dissertation examines the public presentation of fixed media electroacoustic music and investigates the performative capacities which are involved in materialising such music, in order to shed light on the question of what performing means in the context of fixed media music, which is prefabricated and presented through loudspeakers in a concert venue. While electroacoustic music production has been the main focus of academic work in this area in recent decades, less attention has been given to its public presentation. Through the process of composing a series of fixed media works and presenting them in various circumstances, Siamak Anvari formulates an understanding of the important elements involved in such process. This has resulted in the emergence of concepts and strategies which ground the composition within its performance context, so that the work comes to full existence only in the performance space. Such perspectives shift the focus from the (alleged) fixity of the medium towards the diversity and wealth of the listening experiences that it can engender.

This dissertation also includes an audiovisual part; complementary and of equal importance to the written component, by simultaneously expressing its central ideas and demonstrating them in the form of a multichannel fixed media work. The audiovisual component of this research will be presented in form of a screening/concert in the New Music Lab on the 6th floor of Amare.