Revisiting the Iranian Electronic Underground 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

“I really like engineered chaos,” says Rojin Sharafi, an Iran-born composer currently living in Vienna, when discussing her approach to music. “That definitely has to do with me growing up in Tehran. The city is chaotic. But there is some specific order in that chaos—otherwise it wouldn’t work.”

Fittingly, Sharafi’s compositions seem to spin on multiple axes at once. She’s released three albums so far—the latest being last year’s KARIZ—each of which alternate between compositions that are improvised and composed, acoustic and electronic. Sharafi is just one of many Iranian composers—some based in the country, others now living abroad—exploring the outer limits of electronic music.