Annie Mahtani

Annie Mahtani


  • Associate Professor in Music, Music

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Electroacoustic music
Acousmatic composition
Multichannel composition including ambisonics
Spatialisation and diffusion
Field-Recording and phonography
Cross-disciplinary collaboration
Site-specific composition and installation


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Research interests

My research interests include multichannel acousmatic composition, performance practice of electroacoustic music, live acousmatic performance, phonography, site-specific installations and cross disciplinary collaboration. 

As a composer I specialise in electroacoustic music and my work explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear.

Space is central to my research. I am currently developing working methods for composing large-scale multichannel works and exploring compositional methods for using ambisonic audio.

As an active field recordist, I work extensively with environmental sound material both compositional and  in the development of augmented soundwalks.

As a performer I work with BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre) and am developing my live performance practice working collaboratively to develop live acousmatic and improvisatory performances.

I also collaborate regularly with dance and theatre companies as a composer and sound designer.


I am an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer. My output encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a collaborator, I have worked extensively with dance and theatre, and on site-specific installations. 

My music has been recognized and performed extensively in concerts and festivals internationally an I have received a number of notable commissions including those from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Jazzlines, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, and Rosie Kay Dance Company.

I am a co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham-based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art. I have been a member of a number of boards and panels and is currently a committee member for the British ElectroAcoustic Network (BEAN), and Chair of the British Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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  • Hidden Sounds: field recording and responses to climate change

    Mahtani, A., 8 Mar 2023, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conference (unpublished)Paper

  • Reflections of Azet

    Mahtani, A., 4 Aug 2023

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

  • Breathe

    Mahtani, A., 1 Jul 2022

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Cultivate

    Mahtani, A., Gonsai, S., Wood, K., Alexander, D., Raithatha, K. & Patel, M., Nov 2022

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • And Breathe

    Mahtani, A., Gonsai, S., Raithatha, K., Wood, K. & White, T., Oct 2021

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition