Iraqi-British composer and researcher Khyam Allami strives to bring together the world of experimental music and the foundations of Arabic music. Frustrated by the musical and cultural bias of contemporary music software – and its political and social implications and consequences – he decided to develop his own software, in which the microtonalities, rhythms and moods of non-Western music come into their own. This resulted in Apotome, with which Allami won the Prix Ars Electronica in 2021.
Apotome and its sister application Leimma, developed in collaboration with design studio Counterpoint, are an attempt to produce decolonised music software. Musicians can develop their creative ideas without having to take into account a software that determines the final result. In this workshop musicians, composers and other interested parties can become acquainted with the possibilities of Apotome and the philosophy behind it.