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I am a writer and composer specialising in cultivating the colour of sound and music. My books explore the poetics of sonority, dynamics and resonance in sound. My music experiments with natural sound and geometric echoes. I work as a film composer, sound designer, and university lecturer. I trained as a violinist, studied film, and researched in phenomenology and audiovisual aesthetics. I am a Berlinale Talent Alumnus. Much of my work is influenced by my mountainous heritage in the alpine valley of Engadine, Switzerland, and the hinterland of Ceredigion, Wales.

Email: info@dannyhahn.com


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The Sound of the Alps: A Journey Through the Engadine Valley

The Sound of the Alps: A Journey Through the Engadine Valley   A Journey Through the Engadine Valley in Switzerland The Noon Bell was written in 2016 in Scuol, a small village in the Engadine Valley. Taken from my album Nocturnes, Caprices & Serenades, below is a recording of the same noon bell, goat bells and sounds of the Swiss region which inspired the creation of my book. Taking my microphone to the mountain station Prui, to the alpine village of Guarda, on the trains to St. Moritz, and around the lake Tarasp - this is the sound of the Alps; this is the sound of The Noon Bell. The Noon Bell ISBN - 9780993338632 [more]

Sounds, Smells & Memories from my Alpine Childhood: Extracts from the Book, The Noon Bell

Sounds, Smells & Memories from my Alpine Childhood: Extracts from the Book, The Noon Bell Taken from the book, The Noon Bell "I hear an Alpine symphony of raw noise. How aesthetic natural sound can be! – Every little vibration entirely uncultivated and wild. I hear the flap of several bird wings disperse like an ocean spray as a distant train from a small mountain station startles them. I hear a faint running stream accompany the tones of the bell – barely audible, distinguished only because of its sharper frequency. Unlike the evenly spaced notes of manmade compositions, the music of the wind has a rich chromaticism, swirling thinly like a whispering choir. The bird song [more]

Recordings with my Father: Szymanowski, The Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Recordings with my Father: Szymanowski, The Complete Works for Violin and Piano Music distribution from my studio label Zarathustra Audio – in collaboration with my father Professor Detlef Hahn Violin: Detlef Hahn Piano: Mark Fielding Record Label: Zarathustra Audio UPC Bar Code: 191061775386 Formats: Digital download, CD & Vinyl     Sample track from the album: The Fountain of Arethusa Alpheius the hunter chases Arethusa. To escape his attentions, Arethusa takes refuge on the Isle of Ortygia. There, the gods transform her into a fountain. Trills, tremoli and high register effects unite Szymanowski’s deception of water in this Greek [more]

Classical Recordings with my Father: Saint-Saëns, Ravel & Lekeu Violin Sonatas

Classical Recordings with my Father: Saint-Saëns, Ravel & Lekeu Violin Sonatas Music distribution from my studio label Zarathustra Audio – in collaboration with my father Professor Detlef Hahn Violin: Detlef Hahn Piano: John York Record Label: Zarathustra Audio UPC Bar Code: 191061779360 Formats: Digital download, CD & Vinyl           Sample track from the album: Maurice Ravel - Violin Sonata: Moderato (Blues) Inspired by the music of America, the French composer Ravel experiments with jazz and blues [more]

Collaborations and Recordings with Leading Concert Performers: Krzysztof Penderecki, Cadenza for Solo Violin with Anders Nilsson

Collaborations and Recordings with Leading Concert Performers: Krzysztof Penderecki, Cadenza for Solo Violin with Anders Nilsson   Detlef Hahn's Tribute Birthday Concert I collaborate regularly with my father, Professor Detlef Hahn, and his students, recording classical concerts. Below is a video highlight from a performance at Detlef's 60th birthday tribute concert. I recorded and filmed this piece by Krzysztof Penderecki, with Anders Nilsson performing the Cadenza for Solo Violin in Boswil, Switzerland - September 2011. This video has been a huge success on YouTube, and I hope Anders and my father are very proud that it is, in my opinion, one of the best performances of the [more]

Surreal Music of the Ocean: The Sounds of the Continuum Fingerboard & Folktek Synths

Surreal Music of the Ocean: The Sounds of the Continuum Fingerboard & Folktek Synths Hidden Waters In the hidden depths of aquatic life yet undiscovered by man, otherworldly images and sounds arouse our imagination. This surreal composition mixes tranquil murmurs and sombre reverberations with unpredictable shimmers of movement to describe an underwater scene used for an animation film. Using a selection of unique, home-made synthesisers, and collectable instruments such as the Micro Garden, Continuum Fingerboard, and Folktek Circuit Bent Omnichord, this piece captures the mystery of the [more]

Tenderly: An Unfinished Film from the Vaults of Abandoned Projects

Tenderly: An Unfinished Film from the Vaults of Abandoned Projects   Tenderly In 2011, I wrote a feature length screenplay and started work on directing the film entitled Tenderly. I pitched it to Mike Leigh at the Berlinale Talent Campus, and discussed possible funding for it with Finnish director Mika Rantonen. It didn't get off the ground, and I quickly lost interest, abandoning all plans. All that remains is this 25 second trailer I filmed in 2012. The film was based on an erotic nightmare about [more]