SOUNDkitchen is dedicated to promoting composers and artists working in the field of sound. They provide a regular platform for local artists in Birmingham to present their work alongside that of international composers and sound artists, offering a programme of eclectic new music that looks to technology to form part of the aesthetic experience. At SOUNDkitchen’s core is a collective of composers with a background in acousmatic and experimental music. They examine different approaches to performance, depending on venue and context, and also develop site-specific installations, seeking new forums and approaches to live acousmatics.
Iain Armstrong is a composer and sound artist based in Birmingham, UK. Working with recordings of the sound environment, he aims to expose the inherent musicality of this material through reduced listening, digital manipulation and the act of composition and performance. His works for fixed media are presented in the UK and internationally. Armstrong’s output spans acousmatic concert music, sound design for theatre and visual media, multichannel sound installation and live electroacoustic performance.
Annie Mahtani is a Birmingham based composer and sound artist. Her music is created from recorded sound objects and field recordings which are then transformed, manipulated and restructured, exploring the juxtaposition of real, abstract and surreal sound worlds. Annie composes concert and installation works, collaborates with dance and theatre companies and performs live electroacoustic sets. Her work has been performed extensively internationally.