Akheta’s Blues

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek

Akheta’s Blues has been performed in Brussels, La Monnerie-le-Montel, Manchester, Montréal, New York City, Oslo, Saint-Étienne and South River…

The title of this piece refers to the cyclical and repetitive song of the Acheta domesticus, better-known as the house cricket. Its song served as a model for the construction of the piece. Akheta’s Blues is one of my most tonal acousmatic pieces. I deliberately searched for precise harmonic relationships between its sonic layers and used characteristic melodies as leitmotifs. The spatial arrangement of its sounds reflects the layout of desks in an orchestra, where each sound family has its own distinctive location. Finally, the piece explores a whole world of particles inside of renewing minimalist gestures.

This piece is part of Nano-Cosmos, a cycle of acousmatic pieces dedicated to insects, small arthropods and microorganisms.

[English translation: Stephanie Moore, iii-18]

Akheta’s Blues was realized in 8 channels in 2012, then revised into a 16-channel version in 2013 at the Studio Hexa of the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal (Québec). It premiered on September 24, 2012 at the Électro buzzzzzzz festival at the Salle Claude-Champagne of the Université de Montréal (Québec). The 16-channel version premiered on August 29, 2013 at a concert produced by Distractfold at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester (UK).


  • September 24, 2012, Premiere of the 8-channel version (2012): Électro buzzzzzzz, Salle Claude-Champagne — Université de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)
  • August 29, 2013, Premiere of the 16-channel version: DF #11, International Anthony Burgess Foundation — Engine House, Manchester (England, UK)


Akheta’s Blues (2012, 13), 9:14
16-channel fixed medium (Klangdom)



Date Work Program
May 8, 2018 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Akheta’s Blues (2012, 13), 9:14 Pulsar / CISM (Canada)
May 22, 2018 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Akheta’s Blues (2012, 13), 9:14 Klangwelten / Eldoradio (Germany)
May 25, 2018 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Akheta’s Blues (2012, 13), 9:14 Daniel Blumin: The Wretch Head Howler Mythology / WFMU 91.1 FM (USA)
July 11, 2018 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Akheta’s Blues (2012, 13), 9:14 [5m] Zeit-Ton: Rückblick, Vorschau und aktuelle Veröffentlichungen / ÖRF Radio Österreich 1 (Austria)
November 30, 2018 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Akheta’s Blues (2012, 13), 9:14 Aural Tethers / CFRU 93.3 FM (Canada)