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Work Examples

Butterflies in Disguise (2023)


1. Danger is Over

2. Up in the Sky

3. Susie You’re an Angel

4. Escape This Paradigm

5. Hints of Wonder

6. Rise and Shine

7. Don’t Pinch Me Now

8. Keep My Head

9. Good Memories

10. One in a Zillion


This album serves as an examination of our ever-growing dependency on technology, how the digital world brings about excessive noise and stifles room for wonder, and how we cope nostalgically, yearning for a simpler time. The title represents an interplay between nature and technology within the music, where acoustic elements become disguised by technology through digital transformation. The title references the opening lyric of the theme song from Reading Rainbow, an influential television show from my childhood. As part of the production process, I worked in the recording studio with musicians exploring various music production strategies such as live arranging, recording the outcome of musical games and structured improvisation, and placing musicians in custom designed virtual environments to influence musical responses. With the addition of many overdubs of vocals and multiple instruments from me and other musicians, the audio material was then digitally sculpted and transformed into an album of ten tracks.

(Full credits in YouTube video description)

Sorry by Valerian Sun

SorryValerian Sun
00:00 / 04:17

Released this October 2023, "Sorry" is a recent song I co-produced and recorded with rock band, Valerian Sun. It was mixed by me in both stereo and Dolby Atmos. The above is an mp3 stereo version. The Dolby Atmos version is available to listen to on Apple Music here:

Wild Living

wild-living-binauralVariant 6 / Hassan Estakhrian
00:00 / 06:10

Wild Living (2020) for six voices was composed from field recordings of birds and other wild life. I listened through these field recordings at extremely slow playback rate. Much like the speech-to-song illusion where points of speech can sound like a melody, I discovered interesting moments of music that were then approximated to pitches and duration values and used as musical motives for the piece. This recording was performed by Variant 6. It was mixed by me in ambisonics and decoded to binaural. Listening with headphones is advised.

Musickers of Our Time (short film excerpt)

Now more than ever musickers must be at their absolute prime to compete in this saturated world of noisemakers. What you are about to witness is just a glimpse into the training process of these brave musical warriors.

Music, Words, and Story by Hassan Estakhrian


Musickers performed by Samantha Bounkeua, Nina Guo, Madison Greenstone, Max Murray, Weston Olencki, and Mattie Barbier.

Narrator, Jeremiah Miller

Composition Sampler

Glenn Gould Plays the Blues (2019) for fixed media and disklavier
Directional Animals (2014) for four Nintendo Wiimotes
The Almighty Motion (2016) in collaboration with Boroka Nagy & Ryan Schwalm
Zolk Tizzer and the Mitten of Miracles (2016)
This Town (2006-2019)
The World Is On (2019) performed by Ensemble Dal Niente and Hassan Estakhrian
Filling Out Paperwork (2018) performed by Ensemble Proton Bern
Two Bumps (2019) performed for Tak Ensemble
Lucerna Aeterna (Eternal Roomlight)(2017) for solo violin and electronics
Sandbox Aquarium (2018) for solo performer (voice and hands)
Corivade (2019) for electric bass and electronics
Once & Done (2019) for laptop orchestra, performed by SLOrk

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