I make experimental, electronic music, which you can listen to @Β Soundcloud & Spotify & the other usual places.
Here’s an EP I released through New Weird Australia in October, 2022. It’s a collection of tracks made with samples from Rully Shabara/Raung Jagat Synthetic’s ‘Synthetic Vocabulary’:

Liner notes: Through projects like Senyawa and Zoo, Rully Shabara has explored the vast expressive range of the human voice. In 2021, he took a breather and released Synthetic Vocabulary, a collection of a capellas performed by artificial intelligence. The voices of Synthetic Vocabulary evoke text-to-speech generators running through endless arrays of morphemes and tones, as if trying to push beyond a pre-linguistic stage of development. In remixing Synthetic Vocabulary, Naarm/Melbourne-based writer and musician Zacharias Szumer takes this developmental process on a detour through rhythm and melody, partially inspired by a hypothetical stage of human evolutionary history in which our communication system resembled music more closely than language.

One of my tracks was also featured on New Weird Australia’s 2022 compilation Collapse Theories


Dr Alan Nguyen (white/clear glass) vs Zacharias Szumer (black/frosted glass). Each move on the midi controller chess board triggers one of 64 unique musical passages. Each match played creates a unique arrangement of musical passages.

Here’s some photos/video of Alan and I performing it at Melbourne club Miscellania, at a gig put on by Liquid Architecture/ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

The shark-tank-esque spiel at the beginning (I skipped the ‘Potemkin Village People’ joke)

The first iteration of musical chess that I made. Game with Brisbane artist Orlando Furious

How I was conceptualising the music in it at the time: In On the Concept of History, Walter Benjamin compares the teleological view of history to the β€˜Mechanical Turk’, a chess-playing mechanical illusion dressed in Ottoman robes that toured Europe in the late 18th Century. For those who see history teleologically – as a linear progression towards an inevitable end – going against the current is like playing against this formidable automaton: any move will surely be outmanoeuvred. However, for those on the other side of the chessboard, the mechanistic view of history is, like the Mechanical Turk, just a clever illusion. For Walter Benjamin’s Jewish ancestors, whose culture kept them in close proximity with their mythical past, history was imagined as a horizontal simultaneity, not a vertical movement through time. And for philosophers of non-linear dynamics like Manuel DeLanda, history is better thought of as an exploration across a horizontal field of possibilities – a polyrhythm of material, genetic and cultural flows. It’s Not All Black and White is a game of chess, in which moves on a midi launchpad trigger different musical sequences that represent these two tendencies of historical thought.

Fully Automated Luxury Kosher Space Kibbutz

A meme page/music project I made with my cousin. Here’s some of the music:


And here’s a video for our coronavirus pandemic-era remix of β€˜A Sudenyu’, which is an old Yiddish call-and-response song made up of questions and answers about the great feast in heaven after the coming of the messiah. The remixed lyrics of ‘A Sudenyu’, which were provided by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous, ask β€œπ™’π™π™–π™© π™¬π™žπ™‘π™‘ 𝙝𝙖π™₯π™₯π™šπ™£ π™¬π™π™šπ™£ π™©π™π™š π™«π™–π™˜π™˜π™žπ™£π™š π™˜π™€π™’π™šπ™¨?”