Electroacoustic Music Compositions

Sea Shells (Κοχύλια) 

Stereo Electroacoustic Composition

Duration: 12:03'

Composed in SeaM studios  (University of Music Franz Liszt, Weimar, DE). 

Programme notes: " The coach shell is the voice of Buddha the birth-bed of Aphrodite, the horn that drives away the daemons and draws the lost mariners home from the sea. Coloured by the moon, shaped by the primal geometry, it is the original dreamboat, the sacred submarine fertility to its rendezvous with poetry..."

Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All, page 70.

Commentary: The sea shells were used in this composition as a therapeutic  instrument, aiming  to create a spiritual transcendent experience. 

Thalassa (Θάλασσα)

Stereo Electroacoustic Composition

Duration: 09:30'

Composed in Novars Research Centre Studios (Manchester University, Manchester, UK)

Programme notes: "To your splashing and crushing, blessing waters..."

Commentary:  Thalassa (Θάλασσα), Sea. The word was chosen to be presented in Greek language because of the sounds that the specific word involves in it ( 'th' 'Θ' and ss); a strong reminiscent of the real - world sounds produced from the sea. Thalassa is a soundscape composition that uses sounds produced from the sea and sound that have a metaphoric connection with it. It explores the flow and the inner pulse of the sea and attempts to create the impression of a viewer and listener who moves from a realistic prospect to an abstract experience of a mythical and atmospheric sea world.

Balloon Theories 

Stereo Electroacoustic Composition

Duration: 14:30'

Composed in Novars Research Centre Studios (Manchester University, Manchester, UK)

Programme notes: "I was always enjoying squeezing balloons, pressing them with my fingers until they pop... It has not been up until now that I realised why..."

Commentary: Balloons can existentially symbolise that which is an empty thing and can become easily big when blown with air. The balloons in their blown size and in regard with the space they occupy can be equally terrifying or exciting. However, the emotional charge they cause can be easily increased and then instantly seized when the balloons are popped. The existential questions is then set: is this blowing and popping process meaningful; and are these processes  worth being part of our existence? 

Stous Theous

Stereo Electroacoustic Composition

Duration: 04:50'

Composed in Novars Research Centre Studios (Manchester University, Manchester, UK)

Programme notes: "From the grounds of this earth to the  Buddha and beyond". 

Commentary: 'Stous Theous' ( 'To The Gods') refers to the process of praying and the need of people to communicate with Gods, seeking to reach that inner spiritual state of 'nirvana'. The composition is trying to capture in an abstract and spontaneous way that specific feeling of tuning in and gradually moving closer to that undefined spiritual state.


Stereo Electroacoustic Composition

Duration: 07:33'

Composed in ERHMEE Studios (Ionian University, Corfu, GR)

Programme note: "Telchines were four mysterious magician-smiths and sea daimones native to the islands of Keos and Rhodes. They invented the art of metal-working and were said to have crafted the sickle Kronos used to castrate his father Ouranos and later a magical trident for Poseidon which the god used to lever mountains into the sea and form the islands. Their malignant use of magic later angered Zeus, who cast them beneath the sea or into the very depths of Tartaros. These strange Sea Daimones were sometimes described with the heads of dogs and fish-flippers for hand."

Commentary: Telchines symbolise in this composition the duality of a destructive force that aims to bring change. The one dimension concerns the use of magic for providing  the ancient Greek gods with the tools to destroy and kill.  The other dimension concerns the evil use of the magic from telchines to bring destruction. This dual identity constantly clashes bringing in the foreground the existential question that asks if a destructive force used from the gods to bring change differs from an evil and destructive use of that force from creatures that are not gods?  


Stereo Electroacoustic Composition

Duration: 07:23' 

Composed in ERHMEE Studios (Ionian University, Corfu, GR)

Programme note: '' From Chaos came Erebus and black Night, But of Night were born Aether and Day, whom she conceived bore from union in love with Erebus.''

The Theogony of Hesiod, v.49 - 51

Commentary: The work is inspired by the ancient Greek mythology of Hesiod's Theogony. Erevos the son of Chaos - that represents the personification of darkness- had the sperm, "the seed", for Aether and Day to be born. This symbolism of the myth is seen in this composition as a possible path with which existence is moving from darkness to light and completion.

The myth belongs to an ancient past but it is used in the present by activating a musical compositional process. A process that attempts to express a crossing from a myth to an abstraction and from a symbol to an experience of darkness and terror. The question is then set: could this path lead to Light and Aether, or is doomed to lead to destruction?  

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