Mohammad "Max" Pazhutan (Persian: محمد پژوتن; born 25 November 1974), also known as M P, is an Iranian composer and musician. Among his best-known works are Palindromic Frequencies And Process Variations, Synthphony No.1, Magnetar, The Quartz Vortex, Earthlight, L'oracle du Soleil, and Digital Recreations. Pazhutan composed suites, synthesized-symphonies and other electronic music pieces, a variety of instrumental works, sound installation settings of art galleries, as well as computational works.
Born in Tehran, Pazhutan is an autodidact composer and musician. In parallel with his activities as a composer, Pazhutan became one of the most prolific instructors of his generation of electronic and computer musicians.
He is known for his unorthodox, systematic organization of sounds and its tangents with literature and philosophy, and for his pioneering work in sound installation art.
Pazhutan's initial exposure to music came in the first five years of his life when he was surrounded by his older brother and sister listening to various kinds of music. In 1984, he was exposed to a Casio PT80, his first electronic musical instrument.
Pazhutan was first exposed to music at the age of four when he started hearing his brother's listening to Eloy, Pink Floyd, Alan Parson's Project, Uriah Heep, and Supertramp and his sister to Shostakovich and other Russian composers,” two different kinds of music that were essential in his musical development. His uncle, "Jamal Oskuei", a man of knowledge, exposed him to Dvorak, Strauss, Tchaikovski as well as world literature, philosophy, and poetry. At the age of eight, Pazhutan started listening to Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and Klaus Schulze and started to create music by the age of twelve.
He continued to compose music and developing a set of ideas to create conceptual works. Early demo tapes started to emerge in the early ’90s, and at the end of the decade, he created the two projects which gained him entry to the domain of Electronic music: Acidmeg and Liqui Syn Dementia. With these projects, he explored psychedelic music, progressive music, and his passion for seventies German electronic music. These projects were actually fictitious ensembles which Pazhutan composed, performed, and overdubbed all the instruments himself. This was to camouflage the artistic direction and feeling free creating diverse styles of music.
After "Acidmeg" and "Liqui Syn Dementia", Pazhutan started to work on another project, titled "Artzimuth", and this time his interest in composition shifted from long synthesizer suites to short abstract tracks which incorporates audio programming languages and MIDI networking environments. Rhythm is a very important component in Artzimuth tracks. As Artzimuth, Pazhutan created compositions with unusual shifting tempi, fractional time signatures, complex meters, and rhythm overlapping, while the pieces are preserving their dance music quality. Artzimuth includes some of Pazhutan's grooviest creations such as "Discrete Multitone Tripping", "View From Nowhere", "Eight Bit And Figurative", "Mind At Large", "Matte Painting", "Air Mass", "Squeeze Mapper" and "Parallel Scale Factor".
Beginning in the mid-2000s, Pazhutan's composing style changed, with his first computer music piece focusing on the palindromic frequencies instead of regular pitches. His synthesized work Differential was written in 2008. His "Aryabhatia: Trigonometric Meditations", "Tai Yi Jin Hua Zong Zhi" and "The Tower of Hanoi" and the computational work "Palindromic Frequencies And Process Variations" have received critical acclaim.
Honey Haq (Persian: هانی حق; born 1983 ), also known as v H+ is a sound artist, a researcher of arts, philosophy and science, and a composer.
Her interest in composition is rooted predominantly in modern and contemporary music, most notably John Cage. She is also an avid aficionado of Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s definition of jazz. vH+ believes that technology eventually decreases the size of the gap between utopia and reality. She looks at sound art phenomenologically, and in her compositions, she avoids unnecessary ornaments and is longing for the truth of sound objects.
v H+ was interested in unusual sounds since her childhood. She was also an avid fan of music, waking up at 2:00 AM just to listen to a Dvorak ninth Symphony, which was used for an overnight TV program. Became interested in music, as an extension of all sounds. She started to play with the radio, which she sees as her first electronic musical instrument.
She was interested in singing but started to play music with harmonica, then nylon string guitar before she discovered that her favorite espressivo instruments are electrophones and computational sound generators. A mezzo-soprano, she studied and explores vocal techniques.
v H+ has a unique approach to sound structures and music composition, and this is apparent in her artworks. In 2010, v H+ began composing and improvising music using gaming consoles and DSP techniques. Under her moniker "Wind8" she recorded her first album "Connections: A Meditation On Artificial Intelligence" the same year. In 2012, she composed "Aquarian Age | A Meditation On Attributes of Uranus: Inventions, Machines, Fellowship of Humankind ", a collection of drone pieces improvised on electronic organ live processed using custom DSP software and additional material made with SuperCollider.
In 2014, she recorded "Distortarco", an improvisational piece for electric guitar played with a violin bow using a vast network of hardware and software DSP, exclusively for the Italian label "Toxic Industries" for their anniversary boxset.
The same year she created "Wetware Waves #1" composition for contrapuntal structures of neural oscillations emulation, for World TB Day 2014, an International concert supported by the World Health Organization. This is the first in a series of compositions created with human brain waves frequencies: a virtual journey through different mental states. Her sound-scene entrains the listener's brain to more than one feeling in each episode. The six different episodes are made from various brain waves which are related to each other logically. The hypothetical listener becomes ready to learn something from the meditation, then the piece makes the listener relaxed and increases her/his creativity. Then the trip begins, and after approximately 7 minutes reaches the deepest part. This part lasts around 3 minutes and then leads to the treatment part which helps the brain becomes relaxed again after the deep part. Finally, after a mental refresher section, the awakening part starts which includes four different waves that help relaxation, focus and awakening. In the notes of her composition, v H+ has expressed her wish that someday the human illnesses and diseases could be cured via music, sounds and audible waves."
While v H+'s early works were drone pieces improvised on electronic organ and live processed using custom DSP software, with additional sonic material affixed to the work using computer coding environments, her later works, she has utilized brain waves, video game consoles, Etherwave (Theremin), and phasing techniques, as well as audio programming languages such as SuperCollider, Pure Data, ixi lang, ixi quarks, and various sound synthesis methods.
In 2018, v H+ performed her "Etherwave and Brainwaves", a composition created with human brain waves and superimposed Etherwave improvisation in the highly acclaimed MUTEK festival.
M P | v H+ Computational Sound Art Projects
In 2009, while focused on installation art and computer music, Max "MP" Pazhutan and Honey "vH+" Haq, launched "M P | v H+ Computational Sound Art Projects" to create works that are profoundly technology-oriented and comprising open source coding systems, visual programming languages and self-developed software synthesizers, to be presented in art galleries and open urban spaces.
In 2017 they were residents of McGill University Campus Radio for the presentation of their "Listenable Math" concept and their musical works as a series of radio programs entitled "Welcome To Our Lab" ckut.ca
In 2018, They hosted a conference called "Social Synthesizers" with Ricardo Del Farra (Composer), and André Eric Létourneau (Synthesist) in Laser Hexagram, Montreal.
M P | v H+ performed several live coding concerts, including the Montreal's Toplap-hosted Signes-vitaux. These performances include fusion works of computer coded music with Jazz, techno music, and Casiocore music.
In 2019, Concordia University invited them for collaboration with CLOrk (Concordia Electroacoustic Departments Cybernetic Orchestra, Concordia Laptop Orchestra) to perform some of their compositions (Live Coding and Etherwave) as well as a couple of interpretations of compositions from Milton Babbitt and Iannis Xenakis. M P | v H+ developed a method using Wireless MIDI protocol to set up a virtual conductor for the 25 piece computer orchestra, and also performed with them.
M P | v H+ Projects has subsets. Each subset is dedicated to a specific musical endeavor. Among their various projects, The Quark Model, Twarc Pyroelectric, Cy-Ens, and sin(thesis), are the most essential ones:
- The Quark Model
Together, they initiated the project "The Quark Model" to produce deep-tech works for fashion events and clubs. The Quark Model's tracks usually have synthesizers layered in a way as an analogy of the science of quarks. For example, instead of having a "bass" line, a "drum" line and "arpeggiations", they compose their music with "Top", "Bottom", "Charm, "Strange", "Up" and "Down" concept. With this analogy, they design the sounds using diverse synthesis techniques and programming methods. Mostly dominant components of these compositions are divisible by four, while other layers explore a healthy dose of irregularity precisely superimposed over the highly solid rhythmic structure.
M P and v H+ established their "Cybernetic Ensemble" aka "Cy-Ens" to categorize some of their works that were suitable for concert performance and sometimes needed a larger group of participants. In Cy-Ens, the music is made with computer programming languages and various digital technologies such as game consoles and tablet computers.
As longtime admirers of highly formalized electronic music, M P and v H+ wanted to reinterpret and perform some of their favorite masterworks from the twentieth century and contemporary composers, using their own innovative methods. They founded yet another project called "sin(thesis)". sin(thesis) came to life with the passion of technical and detailed deconstruction of "la musique savante" using innovative computational methods. Therefore computer programming languages are an integral part of sin(thesis) music. sin(thesis) tries to understand and explore the possibility of having a solid repertoire for computer as a musical instrument.
[ The name sin(thesis) is influenced by a quote from Pierre Boulez: "it is my belief that our generation will be concerned quite as much with synthesis as with discovery properly so called - and perhaps even more so. It will be devoted to the expanding of techniques, the generalizing of methods and the rationalizing of procedures of composing or, in other words, to synthesizing the great creative currents that have made their appearance since the end of the last century." ]
- Twarc Pyroelectric
In 2015, M P and v H+ started to work on a new line of compositions which were focused mostly on recent analog synthesizers. As the number of compositions increased, they felt that a new project is being born. They called this new project "Twarc Pyroelectric" and a year after, they started to record the tracks in their own studio. The music of Twarc Pyroelectric is unclassifiable, with sci-fi storylines in the mental background and simplistic synthesized sound textures. The duo formed this project with the idea of exploring the farthest boundaries of audio synthesis and creating a synthesized orchestra consisting of various types of sound generators.
Twarc Pyroelectric's music is based on audio synthesis methods and novel compositional techniques and cares about technology, environment and a better future for the planet earth and its inhabitants. Twarc Pyroelectric shows that M P and v H+ are still passionate about new compositional techniques as well as innovative methods of sound synthesis. The duo got their name from the words "Twarc", another name for "Quartz", which is the stone that oscillators are made of, and "Pyroelectric" is the science of generating electricity from certain materials by heating.
Their debut release "The Quartz Vortex" is published by Liverpool-based label "Filter Union" in August 2017. "The Quartz Vortex" (release date: 17 Aug 2017) is a collection of various approaches to analog, digital and virtual synthesizers layering.
The duo released "Magnetar", and later the "Earthlight" series. The Sci-fi mood is persistent in every piece of these albums. The fact that both of the members of the band are practicing computational sound artists, makes the overall character of their works different.
Earthlight includes some of v H+'s most breathtaking Etherwave (Theremin) performances which becomes fiery and complex at times while turning into cerebral and dreamy at other points.
Twarc Pyroelectric's merging of oblique patterns and experimental textures camouflaged as techno tracks create surprisingly one-of-a-kind results. The reliance on synthesizer interactions is the case for all the Twarc Pyroelectric compositions. Distinctive in sound and arrangements, this music is quite different from what MP and vH+ are doing in their other projects.
MUSIC PROJECTS M P | v H+ Computational Sound Art Projects
Compositions of M P pazhutan
Compositions of v H+ wind8
Pazhutan Audio Lab pazhutanaudiolab
"Cybernetic-Ensemble" aka "Cy-Ens" Cy-Ens
"sin(thesis)": the computational interpretation of 20th Century Masterworks sin-thesis
"Twarc Pyroelectric": The analog sysnthesis at the core supported by a digital orchestra twarc-pyroelectric
The Quark Model: Minimal techno created with 20th century harmony and computer programming techniques the-quark-model
RELEASED WORKS ON OZKY E-SOUND
Solipsism, Movement 2, 2014 Version: Concert Suite For Computer Ensemble No.4
Montée et Descente by M P | v H+
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WORKS FOR GLOBAL HEALTH INCUBATOR
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY
2013. Mohammad Pazhutan, 19:00
2014. Honey Haq Pazhutan, 17:00
2015. M P | v H+ Computational Sound Art Projects, 17:30