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Khyam Allami


Écho-monde: Towards a hybrid repertoire of contemporary acoustic, electroacoustic and electronic Arabic music

My practice based research project aims to create a body of experimental acoustic, electroacoustic and electronic compositions for Arabic and Western instruments, based on the exploration of techniques, processes and systems found in both the Arabic and contemporary classical musical worlds.

While the cross-pollination of western and eastern musics has existed throughout modernity, few contemporary composers have explored the music of the Arab world. Conversely, there is a lack of Arabic repertoire influenced by experimental western musics. Therefore the research questions posed are; how can contemporary western compositional processes be translated to Arabic music without it losing its identity? And how can Arabic music’s fundamentals be applied to contemporary compositional practice for western instruments?






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