Istishhad Hheva (rn. Clive Vella, b. 1990) is a composer and researcher based in London where he has completed a B.A. Hons. in Sound Art & Design from the London College of Communication. His creative work explores sound as material and how an understanding of it as such may contribute to a compositional methodology based on topographic relationships, by drawing on the work of Deleuze and Guattari’s discussion on rhythm and the refrain. Hheva also researches and writes about sound as having a critical role in shaping the complex relationship between material and significant configurations, through architectural theory, post-structuralist thought, and debates on emergent technology.
Hheva has performed solo and in collaboration within the UK, and Europe, and has released tapes on Blackseed Records (USA), Cuniunction Releases (SWE), Diazepam (ITA), Geräuschmanufaktur (GER), and Waterpower (USA). In addition, he was the director and editor-in-chief of Phas.e Platform (2015-2016), a London based multi-disciplinary platform with a focus on sound related art and theory, where he produced calls for sound works, academic articles, podcasts, and coordinated showcase events for their roster of associated internationally based artists.