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Nuffar (for an installation by Siba Sahabi)

by Rutger Zuydervelt

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An audiovisual installation inspired by the oldest song in the world

Translation—between cultures, between East and West, between concept and design—is central to Siba Sahabi’s work. Fascinated by the complex relationship that emerges at the point of translation between music and its graphical notation, Siba designed three kinetic artworks that visualise a soundscape composed specifically for the work. The installation, in both its design and movement, translates digital information (music) into analogue images (patterns).

More information: sibasahabi.com/Nuffar

The soundtrack for the installation is inspired by the oldest fully documented and conserved song in the world, a Sumerian hymn from the 14th century BCE. Its contemporary interpretation of distinct and interwoven audio layers that are visually expressed by Siba’s three ‘pattern-machines’.

Originally made for 3 channels, this stream/download
is a stereo-mix of the score.


released October 3, 2019

Music by Rutger Zuydervelt
Cover photo by Aisha Zeijpveld

Concept and design by Siba Sahabi
Engineering by Goof van Beek
Coding by Adriaan de Man

Camera by Merijn Koelink
Editing by Gerben Kruk


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Rutger Zuydervelt

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