Renaissance, early music, nature: The Canadian composer reflects on the elements that are infused into her beatific works.
A Calgary native with a degree in philosophy, Sarah Davachi is a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music. She earned a master’s degree in electronic music and recording media from the prestigious Mills College in Oakland, California, and has put those skills to use while diving headlong into analog synthesis, psychoacoustic manipulations, multichannel sound diffusion and studio composition. Davachi builds evolving spaces and “irreal” worlds out of music that moves from drones and harmonies to complex overtones and natural phasing patterns. Moving freely between the worlds of music, art and academia, she’s held a number of high-profile residencies around the globe and is currently working on a PhD in musicology at UCLA. Her recorded output has garnered acclaim by transforming recordings of organs, strings, woodwinds and assorted antiquated instruments into environments of multichannel sound, with the original audio rendered unfamiliar through analog and modular synthesis. In this Fireside Chat the artist reflects on the varying elements that are infused into her work, and the divergences between philosophy and music.