Fifth Day

Workshop – Lecture – Concert

Workshop – Lecture – Concert

24 February 2021

Csound for Beginners

24 Feb, 3, 10 March 2021, 10:00 | Tehran Time
24 Feb, 3, 10 March 2021, 13:00 | Tehran Time

Hetro, a Software for Sound Analysis

16:00 | Tehran Time

Happy Electronic Sounds - Alireza Mashayekhi's Electronic Music

18:00 | Tehran Time
22:30 | Tehran Time
23:45 | Tehran Time

Live Events

Csound for Beginners​

Csound is a programming language for working on sound. It provides the user countless and powerful tools, which may be why it seems difficult to learn. But if we first confine ourselves to a simple sine wave and try to make a piece of music with just that, we may be able to overcome the difficulty for getting started and also reach creativity at the same time. And of course, we will soon find out what amazing combinations and sounds can be produced with a simple sine wave.

The description of our 3-session program in this workshop is as follows:
1. Installing Csound, getting acquainted with it and producing a simple sine wave
2. Apply changes to parameters such as frequency and amplitude
3. Design and implement a simple idea using the previous content

Registration will be done at both active and passive levels, with limited capacity for the active level..

24th Feb, 3rd and 10th Mar 2021. 10:00 Tehran Time

Pass code will be sent to registered participants.

Advanced Csound​

This year’s Csound class will focus on the world of sine waves. They are the most fundamental material for synthesizing sounds in electronic music. So on one hand, as composers we are challenged if we work with such a simple sound. And on the other hand, we have a perfect introduction to more complex tools if they are applied on sine waves. So this workshop will focus in its three parts on:
1. Working with volume, pitch and envelopes.
2. Working with random deviations.
3. Working with Arrays.

Registration will be done at both active and passive levels, with limited capacity for the active level.

24th Feb, 3rd and 10th Mar 2021. 13:00 Tehran Time

Pass code will be sent to registered participants.

Hetro, a Software for Sound Analysis​

“Hetro” is a software for sound analysis in different modes using Fourier Transform methods. This workshop is an introduction of this software according to the following parts:

1. Sound analysis and execution through Hetro software
2. Introducing available features for changing the output sound
3. Introducing the Csound example written by Joachim Heintz and Ehsan Ebrahimi


Wednesday 24 February 2021. 16:00 Tehran Time

Pass code will be sent to registered participants.

Happy electronic sounds - Alireza Mashayekhi's Electronic Music​

This seminar is about a collection of pieces called “Happy Electronic Sounds” composed by Alireza Mashayekhi and released by Music Center of Hoze-ye-Honari in 2005. This collection consists of three CDs, which called “Happy Electronic Sounds”, “East-West” and “Saba” including 16 pieces composed from 1976 till 1982.

Happy Electronic Sounds – Alireza Mashayekhi’s Electronic Music
Mehdi Jalali
Wednesday 24 (wrong in poster!) February 2021. 18:00

Pass code: TIEMF2020

Sohrab Motabar and Mehdi Jalali

The Process and Prospects of Studying Electronic Music Abroad
Sohrab Motabar and Mehdi Jalali
Live on Instagram
Wednesday 24 February 2021. 22:30 Tehran Time

Daily Report

A Short Report on the Past and Upcoming Events


TIEMF 2020 celebrates the opening of the student section to encourage and motivate students all around the country to participate in the festival. This year the festival has collaborated with the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.

In the first part, two pieces from Sophie-Youjung Lee & Hayoung Hwang from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg will be introduced.
In the second part, five selected pieces will be introduced, composed by the students of Tehran University: Niloufar Shahbazi, Pouria Lachini, Hesam Elmi, Hasan Rahimi & Ali Hosseini.
The third part presents the pieces from “Coronica 1399” call.
Students were invited to send their proposals for compositions for Video and electronic music, reflecting on the changes we are facing in our everyday lives, in society and the illness, all caused by Covid-19.
These four students have been elected and completed their pieces under the supervision of Farhad Ilaghi Hosseini: Ghazale Moqanaki, Mohammad Reza Rajabi, Kian Jazayeri & Ahmad Nonahal.

The festival is also happy to announce that, starting next year, the Art University of Tehran will join Yarava Music Group and the Department of Music, University of Tehran as the host. 

We are highly hopeful to create more possibilities for students to present their ideas and compositions and play an active role at the festival.

Student Concert - Part I (Hochschule für Musik Freiburg)

Domino (2021)

Humans predict better situations, set goals, and proceed plans accordingly, but no one knows when and what variables will occur in the process.
At the stage of planning what was thought to be successful, some unexpected variables could be followed, and as a result, the plan could fail.

Hayoung Hwang


Hayoung Hwang was born in Busan (South Korea) in 1993 and, after completing her bachelor's degree at the Pusan National University (PNU), she came to Germany, where she is currently studying composition with Prof. Brice Pauset at the University of Music Freiburg (Hochschule für Musik Freiburg). During her studies in Busan, she received a prize from the CMSB (Contemporary Music Society in Busan) as well as in the musiCon competition and was selected as a scholarship holder at PNU for each semester. During this time, she was already active as a professional composer and composed the commissioned work “Ggolmangte Arirang” for the Busan Metropolitan Chorus. She has also been an arranger and piano accompanist at the Busan Gaeguem Church in South Korea since 2014.


In this video I would like to talk about the big and heavy changes caused by one small, light mask. It was only a small discomfort that was a bit ridiculous at first. But it became more and more difficult for us to breathe and then began to erode our daily lives. One season was expected to be a long enough time for it, but over a year in 2020 and in front of a new time in 2021, I am contemplating what the mouths and noses of myself and others mean to each other. This video will be my first 2 minute videodiary on it. It will be also be a record of how I perceive this time and space myself. Because I felt like a fish out of the water at first, sometimes as a person submerged in the water, but from some point onward, I began to feel that I am BOTH.

Sophie-Youjung Lee


completed her bachelor's degree in traditional composition at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul South Korea in 2017 and since April 2018 she studied composition in the master’s course with Professor Johannes Schöllhorn at the University of Music Freiburg. Her orchestral work "Life, ......, still life!" for voice and Korean traditional orchestra was performed by the Seoul City Traditional Orchestra and the Sungnam City Traditional Orchestra respectively. Some ensemble works and solo works have been performed several times in South Korea, Japan, Germany and Italy. In addition, she composed the music (around 70 minutes) for the contemporary dance work “HeumHyang”, which it performed in 2017 at the National Theater in Seoul. She also composed the music for a film ("La Canzone per commemorare i mori" by Daniele Park), which was shown in 2019 at the “L’ARTEin 1MINUTO” film festival in Milan. Her ensemble work “Nähe und Ferne (The faraway, Nearby)” was performed as part of the festival for Korean contemporary music moderated by the Korean cultural center, ARKO(Music Festival Organization Committee) on December 2019 in the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Student Concert - Part II (University of Tehran)


The piece comprises 5 layers and is centered around the golden ratio (up to 5 decimals), and the saxophone (although heavily altered by granular synthesis).
Three main parts have been intended for the piece. Initially, 4 layers are introduced distinctly and each inhomogeneous sound gradually morphs into the saxophone sound, and a commotion-like quasi-disordered texture is created. Then, the layers are brought into order through the golden ratio; and finally, the layers are gradually morphed into fully-electronic sounds before dispersing.

Ali Hosseini


- Born in 1996 in Tehran, Iran.
- High school diploma in Math and Physics.
- BA in Classical Piano Performance, The University of Tehran, under Arpineh Israyelian.
- Second place in the Composition category of The Second Saba Music Festival.
- MA in Composition in progress, The University of Tehran, under Sarah Abazari.



Hasan Rahimi


· Graduated in BA (Bachelor of arts) in Music Composition from Tehran University of Art in 2018.
· Studies MA (Master of arts) in Music Composition at Tehran University since 2018.
Achievements · First place in choir composition at Saba Festival, Iranian composition competition in 2017.
· Third place of composition at Ahmad Pezhman’s competition, Iranian composition competition in 2019. · Finalist at Maurice Ravel Composition Competition, within two categories: Free Orchestra and String Orchestra, in 2018.
· Finalist at Michele Novaro Composition Competition (with Ennio Morricone being the Chairman of the Jury), in 2018.


19-Maze It is the result of processing on sounds from clarinet, contrabass, guitar, harmonica, environmental effects such as the sound of water, drag metal or wooden chair base down to the floor, open-and-shut the door and human voice.
This three minutes work references to the events of the world in 2019; Encounter humanity with unpredictable and different circumstances afterward.

Amin Taheri/Clarinet, Mohammad Reza Jabbar/Contrabass, Hesam Elmi/Guitar and harmonica, Hadi Yousefi/Human voice and environmental effects.

Hesam Elmi


At the outset, he started composing autodidactically and started with piano pieces. As a postgraduate student, he attended multiple courses in composing. He had the honor to be a student of Amin Honarmand D.M.A., Sara Abazari Ph.D., Sasan Mohebbi M.A. and Madjid Tahriri Ph.D. -BA in piano performance at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. -MA in Composition at the University of Tehran.


Niloufar Shahbazi


Niloufar Shahbazi (1995*) graduated from the Tehran Music School, Kamancheh player, bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from the University of Art and Architecture and a master's degree student in music composition at the University of Tehran.
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“Sodom” is a piece for solo violin and electronic sounds (Violin and fixed media), which is one of the composer’s early experiences in electronic music. The electronic sounds are all pre-recorded and processed in advance. The interaction between the live instrument and the electronic sounds, forms a spectrum of sounds that dissolve in each
other and deform over time.

Pouria Lachini


Pouria Lachini (Born 1994, Tehran) is a master student of composition at the University of Tehran. As a teenager, he started playing music by learning violin. He took courses in musical form, harmony and counterpoint with Mohammadreza Tafazzoli and Mohsen Elhamian. In orchestration he took lesseons from Amin Honarmand, Nader Mashayekhi and Aliakbar Ghorbani. He started learning composition with Ehsan Saboohi and continued for a short time with Amir Alavi in the University of Art. In the University of Tehran he continued his studies in composition with Majid Tahriri and Amin Honarmand and during this time he also benefited from the guidance of Sara Abazari. Over the past years he has written several pieces for solo piano, solo viola, string quartet, trio for clarinet, piano and violin, quartet for flute, bassoon, cello and piano.

Student Concert - Part III (Coronica 1399)


Every movement and event in nature follows a very regular structure; Whether it is the movement of sea waves or the regular movement of birds in the sky, or even the multiplication of viruses and diseases!
The formal structure of the proliferation and spread of the corona virus in the world has a fractal structure, and this was the composer’s first tool for organizing the overall structure of the piece.
Sounds, and at the same time images, gradually increase in density in a general linear path.
Sounds, meanwhile, take a path from abstraction to reality and from incomprehensible and spectral sounds to vivid human sounds in a way that shows the gradual human involvement with the virus and its impact on human daily life.
The image also tries to give the audience an incomprehensible understanding by a close shut on the small creatures in the water at the first of video, and then by zooming out the image, a clear view of movements of the fishes in the water is provided.
The element that is used by the composer to execute his formal idea is the overtones of a piano note, as if each harmonica symbolizes a country or region of the earth, that changes in sound intensity affected by changes in the corona pandemic statistics.
So by changes in intensity and weakness of the harmonics, the sound color of our note changes.

Ahmad Nonahal


Choir Conductor
Bachelor of architecture
Bachelor of music composition from Tehran University of art
Founder and leader of Chanter Student Choir

• Winning 3 gold and 1 silver medals in the Asia-Pacific choir Championships and the 2017 Grand Prix of Nations in Sri Lanka in two disciplines of folklore and mixed choir at two levels of competition and the Grand Prix of Nations with the Tonal Choir led by Milad Omranloo and participating in Master class by Thomas Kaplin (Norwegian choir leader) and Andre Fendermerve (South African choir leader) on the sidelines of the festival.

• Participating in the master class by Henri Pompidou (French choir leader) as a bass singer

• Participating in the master class of Nasir Heydarian (Professor of Leadership, University of Graz, Austria).

• Singing the album "Be ashegh anchenan zibad" composed by Arash Aghaei

• Formation and leadership of the student choir of the University of Arts (Chante) since 1996


Inversion to-day is among major problems afflicting the humanity, which increasingly dominates and damages the environment etc., and inevitably harming the human beings themselves.

Kian Jazayeri


Kian Jazayeri (born 1988)
Studied piano at age 7 until 10
Began BA degree at Tehran Azad University’s Architecture & Arts faculty with piano as main instrument under its renowned lecturers.
Studied under Dr. Kiawash Sahebnasagh and Mehdi Kazerouni composition, contemporary music analysis and electronic music with emphasis on the Max Msp application.
In collaboration with some other young musicians took part in the 1398 Project under acclaimed professors and, at the same time, worked with the Yarava group.
Entered the Tehran University of Arts MA course, studying under Dr. Tahriri and, at the same time, taking private lessons in his electronic composition class using the CSound software.


I. “Klangfarbenmelodie” (German for “sound-color melody”) is a musical technique that involves tone colors (timbre) as a fundamental material of composition.
II. “Tinnitus” is the perception of sound when no corresponding external sound is present. While often described as a ringing, it may also sound like a clicking, buzzing, hiss, or roaring. ( Over time, most people with tinnitus habituate to it. This is a natural process where the brain adjusts itself to the presence of tinnitus and stops responding to it. ( in silence this forgotten “particles of sound” impose themselves to our perception.
III. “Prisoner’s cinema” is the phenomenon of a “light show” of various colors that appear out of the darkness. The phenomenon is reported by prisoners confined to dark cells and by others kept in darkness. The light has a form, but those who have seen it find it difficult to describe. (
IV. After World War II, around 2000 atomic bombs were detonated and tested on hundreds of thousands of soldiers to prepare them for nuclear wars. One of the witnesses describes the spectacle as it follows: “When the flash hit you, you could see the X-rays of your hands through your closed eyes.” •
V. In the movie, The State of Things (1982), Joe (Samuel Fuller) says: “Life is in color, but black and white is more realistic.”
VI. When eyes are saturated with images, the images behind eyelids are more real. Like silence, compared to any other sound.

Video: Saeed Alvandi

Mohammadreza Rajabi


Mohamadreza Rajabi (b.1988) is an Iranian composer and performer and artist-researcher. He is currently studying M.Mus. composition in university of Tehran. As a collaborative pianist he took many concerts with esnembles. He pursued composition studies with kiawasch sahebnasagh and has wrote prolific repertoire of chamber and solo music recorded by musicians. Rajabi’s music was inspired early by those composers who are known under the rubric New Complexity (James Dillon, Brian Ferneyhough, Richard Barret, and Michael Finnissy). However, in 2021, he developed his own unique compositional method under Amin Honarmand and Sara Abazari. An interest in electronic music led him to prepare the work, prelude, for Tehran internationalelectronic music festival.

Saeed Alvandi (b. 1988) is a freelancer animation artist and animation researcher, resident in Qazvin, Iran. He graduated MFA in animation directing from Art University of Tehran (2016). As an animator an illustrator, Saeed has worked with different independent artist as well as major productions and studios, such as Barfak Studio and Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC). In his film-making practice, he is engaged with rethinking and challenging the boundaries and limitations of traditional 2D animation in the context of digital workspace. As a researcher, he is interested in animation history and multidisciplinary studies, psychoanalysis and film theory.


In Bakhtak’s (hag’s) conflict with the puppet, both are not in a good condition. Both are dissatisfied with the new situation. When this conflict turns into fatigue, they look for a solution to end this conflict. But the reality is that experience cannot be erased and always stays with them. Both have changed and metamorphed to new creatures at the end of the story.
The stop-motion technique is used to make the video and the fixed music is used to make the soundtrack.


Ghazale Moqanaki


- Born in 1998
- Started playing Santoor at the age of 9 and Piano in 15
- BA in Classical Persian Music Performance at University of Tehran
- First Semester MA composition student a University of Tehran
- Top Student of the BA Program at University of Tehran
- Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Farahang (a student magazine for music at University of Tehran)
- Chair of music student’s association at University of Tehran