Composer-performer spanning live electronics, free improvisation, noise, electroacoustics, and Arabic musics.

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I have an essay published in the book, On Listening, edited by Angus Carlyle and Cathy Lane.
The book launch took place at IN THE FIELD symposium at the British Library, London.

On Listening is a unique collection of forty multi-disciplinary perspectives drawn from anthropology, bioacoustics, geography, literature, community activism, sociology, religion, philosophy, art history, conflict mediation and the sonic arts including music, ethnomusicology and field recording. These specially commissioned contributions explore the many ways in which skilled listening can mediate new relationships with our physical environment and the people and other species that we share it with.

Contributions by: Niall Atkinson, Kenneth Avery, Jean de Dieu Basabose, Moushumi Bhowmik & Sukanta Majumdar, Seth Ayyaz Bhunnoo, Ansuman Biswas, Barry Blesser & Linda Salter, Ross Brown, Daniela Cascella, Jessica Linda Salter, Ross Brown, Jessica Cawley, Michael Chanan, Rupert Cox, Peter Cusack, John Eacott, Michael Gallagher, David Hendy, Penny McCall Howard, Jérôme Joy, Volkmar Klien, Meri Kytö, Brandon LaBelle, Lisbeth A. Lipari, Francisco López, Sarha Moore, Polly Nash, Gianni Pavan, David Rothenberg, Steve Rowell, Dawn Scarfe, Diana Corley Schnapp, Daniel Smith, Peter Szendy, Jean-Paul Thibaud, Davide Tidoni, David Toop, Nicola Triscott, Ultra-red, Salomé Voegelin, Andrew Whitehouse and Mark Peter Wright.

Published and available to buy online from Uniform Books.

  
  

Paper presentation at Music and the Body conference, University of Hong Kong (9–11 March 2012).

‘What Can a Sonic Body Do? A Biopsychosocial Approach to Listening in Performance-Composition Practice’ by Seth Ayyaz

  
  
 ‘Reconfiguring the Islamic Sonic-Social in the Bird Ghost at the Zaouia’, Seth Ayyaz

Paper on the piece, bird ghost at the zaouia, and issues of sonic orientalism in sound art is published in the journal, Organised Sound: Sound, Listening and Place, Volume 16, Number 3 (2011).

 
 Global Ear article ‘Beirut’ which I was commissioned to write for The Wire Magazine (November 2010)

www.thewire.co.uk

  
  

 
 

London Diaspora Live – Resonance FM, Wednesday 26th October 2010
I found myself in conversation with composer Guy Harries – talking about the voices, sufism, politics and dub. Hosted (maybe for the last time, sadly) by Charlotte Dove on Cultural Co-operation’s weekly live radio broadcast.You can listen here

 
 

  
  

 

World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Conference: Ideologies and Ethics in the Uses and Abuses of Sound, Koli, Finland (June 16-19 2010)
Hosted by University of Eastern Finland, Cultural Studies, and the Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology
 
Paper presentation: ‘Reconfiguring the Islamic sonic-social: the bird ghost at the zaouia
 
Concert session: Live diffusion of the bird ghost at the zaouia (30 minutes).

 

 
 

  

 

‘The Butcher’s Block’ in Untitled Tracks: On Alternative Music in Beirut (2009)
Edited by Ziad Nawfal and Ghalya Saadawi, Photographs by Tanya Traboulsi, Amers Editions, Beirut, Lebanon.
 
‘The Butcher’s Block’ is a sonitextual meditation on Mazen Kerbaj’s Beirut based al-maslakh label, which has acted as a crucial nexus for exploratory sound in the Arab regions.

 
 

 
 

  
    

 

‘The Music Effect’ – Music Physiology and Clinical Applications (2008) in Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 17, No. 3, Pages 341-344
This reviews the 2006 book by Daniel Schneck & Dorita Berger, and takes issue with the appeal to, and co-option of scientific language, as a mantle to lend credence to speculative claims.

 
 

    
    

 

 

Music and Evolutionary Thought Conference, Durham University, UK (June 2007)
The use of computational evolutionary algorithms in developing the piece the bird ghost at the zaouia (2007).

 
 

    
    

 

Ego Symposium, Old Operating Theatre, London (2001)
Key speaker at the Science /Art EGO Symposium on the subject of ‘The Agony and The Ecstasy’ with the artist Franko B.Having worked with Franko B on performances in Serbia, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, this is discussion on the social construction of the ab/normal and the pathological with reflections on the thinking of George Canguilhem.

A series of four symposia on art and science curated by Lois Keidan (Live Arts Development Agency), Jill Bradley and Dr. S Cedar (Southbank University/Wellcome Institute).

Speakers:
‘Sensory Deception’ with Profs. S. Greenfield and Marina Abramovic
‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ with myself and Franko B
‘Meta/morphosis’ with Prof. Leslie Aiello and Orlan
‘Shape Shifters’ with Prof. Lewis Wolpert and Stelarc

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