For CTM 2021, Deena Abdelwahed took over the Apotome generative microtonal music environment, created by Khyam Allami and creative studio Counterpoint. The work has been created and performed in a single take using Apotome from Deena’s home studio in Toulouse.
Apotome is a browser-based transcultural generative music system focused on using microtonal tuning systems and their subsets (scales/modes). Resulting from artist and scholar Khyam Allami’s current PhD research and his in-depth collaboration with Counterpoint, the creative studio run by Tero Parviainen and Samuel Diggins, the application is an effort to highlight the cultural asymmetries and biases inherent in modern music-making tools, alongside their interconnected web of musical, educational, cultural, social, and political ramifications.
For her creation, Deena Abdelwahed aimed to stay true to the existing Arabic scales and explore what these would sound like when she incorporates her personal music techniques and synths into Apotome. She gathered a list of her favorite old-time Arabic songs as inspiration, matching these with the four Arabic scales available in the software: Nahawand (G), Bayati (A), Sikah (E) and Huzam (E).
Commissioned by and premiered at CTM Festival 2021 – Transformation.
Shot together with Katarina Radić using iPhones. Edit: Best Films Forever. Supported by the DAAD Arts & Media Programme.
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