EMPRES: Sampling the City with Shiva Feshareki

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Project Lead:

Daniel Hulme

Faculty of Music, EMPRES Group


Partner Organisations:

EMPRES Collective (Electronic Music Practice RESearch)

Shiva Feshareki





About the project:

The Music Faculty’s EMPRES group and TORCH have launched Sampling the City; a project that aims to connect different areas of cultural and academic life in Oxford, affording these unique voices and narratives to distil into a collaborative work and performance with Shiva Feshareki.


Shiva Feshareki is an award-winning British-Iranian experimental composer and artist, described as the most “cutting-edge expression of turntablism” and as “One of the most astonishing acts of musical alchemy of the last decade” (BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service). She exists at the intersection of many artistic scenes, experimenting with electronic & club music, concert & orchestral, art & design and free improvisation.


As a composer and artist Shiva uses an array of technology from vintage analogue tape echo, vinyl turntables, CDJs to state-of-the-art 360° ambisonic technology. Her tools also extend beyond electronic technology, using advanced 3D orchestration to score acoustic instruments in spatialized form, for live ensembles and orchestras. Described as “A terrific sonic experience… Among her musical ideas there’s thrash metal and dance music, as well as marvellously fresh-sounding orchestral-gestures, assaulting or beguiling the audience from all angles” (Richard Morrison - Chief music critic of The Times).


The hope is to connect with a number of Oxford’s community cultural stakeholders in order to obtain different perspectives from the city and explore potential collaboration(s). From these discussions and Shiva’s early engagement with the city, we expect original creative themes to emerge. We can use these themes as a mechanism to connect with relevant academics and researchers who can contribute their narratives and further enrich the project.


For more information about the project, please follow link.



Contact: Daniel Hulme

Electronic Music Studio Manager



Image credit: Victor Frankowski



Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.