Anita Mahtani (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


Programme Notes:


1. pertaining to Aeolus, or to the winds in general.
2. of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.

This work is composed from recordings made in College Valley, North Northumberland on a field recording expedition in May 2015. Situated on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, College Valley is a haven for wildlife and vegetation and the perfect location for wildlife sound recording. On this particular weekend, the weather was not conducive to dawn choruses but instead displayed spectacular winds which were ever present and consequently a feature of all recordings.

Aeolian celebrates the remoteness of the valley: still but never quiet. The burn rushes along the valley, penetrating the aural landscape with its monotony. The driving wind rarely eases, speeding through the desolate expanse. Small birds, a cuckoo, emptiness. Fences reveal their internal harmonies singing louder as the wind picks up. 

Aeolian is composed using ambisonic field recordings combined with contact microphone recordings. The piece is composed for 24 discrete loudspeaker channels.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2016


  • electroacoustics
  • multichannel
  • Spatialisation
  • environmental
  • soundscape


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  • Racines

    Mahtani, A., 4 May 2019

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