Nicola Giannini

For Hannah

FILE Sao Paulo 2019 | Hypersonica
Electronic Language International Festival



‘For Hannah’ is dedicated to the King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah). I wrote it because the first time I heard its hiss I was surprised by how musical it sounded. Do cobras play electroacoustic music? The piece is divided into four sections: ‘Scales’ evokes their movements, while ‘Sensing’ recalls how they perceive the world. ‘Hissing’ points to the sounds they emit via their trachea, and ‘Aposematism’ refers to when they feel threatened.
Although my inspiration comes from biology studies, my work does not have a scientific purpose.


Nicola Giannini is a Sound Artist and an Electroacoustic Music Composer. He is interested in sounds that evoke physical materials and living organisms. His practice focuses on immersive music composition. His music has been performed in the USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Sweden, and Italy. From September 2018 he is studying for a PhD at the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Professor and Composer Robert Normandeau. Nicola has also joined GRIS as a research assistant.