MAAST sound system features in works at ICA by International composer, Seth Ayyaz


The School of Music and Fine Art’s MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) is delighted to participate in events organised by fig-2 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, between Monday 30 November and Sunday 6 December 2015.

The MAAST sound system will feature in recent works by London based composer-performer, writer and occasional curator Seth Ayyaz.

A new configuration of work is presented, which marks the fourth and final expansion of the project fig-2 into the premises of the ICA Theatre and the ICA Studio. Seth Ayyaz brings together three significant strands of his practice into a new formulation: an installation of his multi-channel AAdM Listening system using part of the MAAST, two electroacoustic concerts with the entire MAAST diffusion system, a specially commissioned publication, as well as supporting events.

Born in 1970, Ayyaz has presented his work internationally including: Cafe Oto, London; Kunsthalle Luzern, Switzerland; Irtijal Festival, Beirut; Maerz Music, Berlin; the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, Finland; and the Haus Für Elektronische Künste in Basel, Switzerland. Ayyaz also writes on sound and has been published in The Wire, Organised Sound, and most recently in, On Listening. Live work includes the Usurp Chance Tour 2014 — Cage and Beyond. He also curated the MazaJ Festival of Experimental Middle-Eastern Music, London.

For his first solo exhibition, Ayyaz connects two distinct spaces, unfolding two different experiences of listening. Transforming the ICA Theatre into a forest of sounds, he uses the AAdM system to carve paths for the audience to walk through and immerse themselves in the experiences of listening. In the Studio, Ayyaz provides an alternative experience of using the same self-regulating system, which responds to the change of architecture and acoustics. The installation will be active during the week, complemented by two performances of a triptych of electroacoustic works.


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