4 November 2023
Days of Electroacoustic Music | Rethymno, Greece
GENDIES for generative audio + video at the Electroacoustic Music Days in Crete.
15 June 2023
Sound & Music Computing Conference | Stockholm, Sweden
Structuring Music for Any Sources presented at the 2023 SMC.
17-18 September 2023
Chicharra International Festival of Sound Art | Salvador Távora Theater | Huelva, Spain
Surround performance of Acqua Alta at Chicharra Festival.
29 April 2023
Stavros Niarchos Foundation | National Opera House Foyer
RADAR v.1.4, live with the X-Cultural Orchestra of SNF & the Lab for people with hearing disabilities.
27 December 2023
Tempo Reale | Italy
8-channel performance of ClapaChimBala at Fixed Rooms in Florence.
27 March 2023
Thanatiki Siopi (Θανατική Σιωπή) a series of tunes sung in the greek language, is digitally released.
October 2022 – April 2023
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Experiential Sound Lab for people with hearing disabilities.
28 January 2023
Bernaola Zikloa Festival, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country
Toys 8-channel performance at Bernaola Zikloa Festival.
21 August 2022
CubeFest, Northern Virginia | U.S.
Toys 24-channel performance at CubeFest at Virginia Tech.
10 June 2022
Athens Epidaurus Festival | Greece
BitVox for beatboxer & live electronics will be performed live at Piraeus 260 as part of the Mini Festival of Electronic & Experimental Music.
ICMC 2022, Limerick, Ireland
BitVox performance at the International Computer Music Conference.
8 June 2022
Electroacoustic Spring | Rethimnon, Crete
Multichannel performance of Στέρφος at the Electroacoustic Spring Festival in Crete.
24 May 2022
“Gendies”, a happening in memoriam of I.Xenakis, will take place outside the building where the composer was injured during the greek civil war. The event is part of the historical promenade for the Xenakis22 symposium.
8 April 2022
Performance of ClapaChimBala at MediSoup festival.
18 December 2021
Premiere of ClapaChimBala, for fixed media & algorithmic spatialisation, at the Days of Electroacoustic Music.
19 November 2021
Live streaming of BitVox at Audio Art Festival.
Prix CIME 2021
BitVox for beatboxer & live electronics receives 1st Prize at the 2021 competition of the International Confederation for Electroacoustic Music.
23 September 2021
Ultima Festival, Oslo, Norway
Premiere of RADAR v.1, an interactive piece for any number/kind of instruments at Ultima Festival, incorporating music students from the Universities of Athens and Oslo [info]
17 September 2021
CIME Festival Online
Toys will be streamed live for the 2021 Festival of CIME, the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music.
12 June 2021
MA/IN 2021, Matera, Italy
BitVox for beatboxer & live electronics is performed live at Matera Intermedia Festival in Italy.
15 May 2021
AudioVisual Arts Festival, Corfu
Toys, will be streamed live at the Audiovisual Arts Festival organised by Ionian University.
13 December 2020
Days of Electroacoustic Music
Recover, for piano & live electronics, will be streamed live during the Days of Electroacoustic Music.
15 November 2020
Apnea (άπνοια), a series of folk tunes sung in the greek language, is digitally released.
21 April 2020
BitVox for beatboxer & live electronics receives 2nd Prize at Matera Intermedia Festival in the mixed-media category, Italy.
17 April 2020
BitVox for beatboxer & live electronics receives 3rd Prize at MusicWorks, 2019 Electronic Music Composition Contest.
01 December 2019
Days of Electroacoustic Music, Athens, Greece
8-channel live performance of BitVox for beatboxer & live elctronics at Athens Conservatoire.
28 September 2019
Improtech Festival, Athens, Greece
Premiere of BitVox, for beatboxer, live-electronics & multichannel sound system, will take place at Onassis Cultural Centre. [VIDEO]
19 & 21 July 2019
Tinos Island, Cyclades, Greece
Multichannel installation & performance with leme, the live electronic music ensemble of Athens University, at the KINONO Festival.
4 June 2019
Live improvisation in 8.0 surround with leme, the live electronic music ensemble of Athens University.
5 December 2018
Bournemouth, Talbot Campus, U.K.
Toys 8-channel performance at BU.
4 October 2018
São Paulo, Instituto de Artes da Unesp, Brazil
Toys 8-channel performance at Teatro Maria de Lourdes Sekeff, [info].
28 July 2018
Tinos Island, Cyclades, Greece
Goloso, a recent collaborative piece which has been worked jointly with the electronic music ensemble of the University of Athens will be performed at KINONO Festival in the island of Tinos.
21 April 2018
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Toys 24-channel performance at Sonorities Festival.
Sofia Labropoulou records the 1st part of Eridanos for Kanun & Live Electronics from the large-scale work GO @ Sierra Studios. [video]
7 January 2018
Στέρφος performance at the San Francisco Tape Music Festival.
13 October 2017
Stressed Dust performance at Brussels Electronic Marathon.
20 May 2017
Ebloki, for Live Audiovisuals will be performed live at the 11th AudioVisual Arts Festival at Athens Megaron.
3 May 2017
Ebloki, for Live Audiovisuals has been selected for screening at Segnali Festival in Perugia, Italy.
6 January 2017
Toys 24-channel performance at ZKM’s Open House Day.
13 December 2016
Breathe, for Cello, Electronics & 8-Channel Surround Sound will be performed at metamatic:taf gallery. Concert starts @ 20.00. An open discussion with the public will follow this mini concert.
30 September 2016
8-channel surround version of Toys at Sounds Around Me Acousmatic Festival. Mehrzwecksaal der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien.
20 July 2016
Open-air full-moon concert at the National Observatory of Athens, featuring Breathe, a new work for Cello, Electronics & 8-Channel Surround Sound.
2-4 September 2016
Toys performance at Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.
13 May 2016
Toys performance at Ars Electronica Forum Wallis, Swiss Contemporary Music Festival.
6 May 2016
24-channel version of Toys is programmed for the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.
19 April 2016
GO: A series of new pieces for Kanun, Ney, Laptop & 8-Channel Surround Sound will be premiered in Athens.
5 November 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Toys performance at MUSLAB 2015, Laboratorio de Investigación y Producción Musical del Centro Cultural Recoleta.
19 July 2015
Toys performance at Franz Liszt University of Music.
22 April 2015
Toys performance at the University of Lille III during the Semaine Internationale de la Musique Électroacoustique.
17 January 2015
Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Ebloki for live AudioVisuals premiers at the Days of Electroacoustic Music.
11 November 2014
Toys performance at the Acousmatic for the People Festival.
15 September 2014
Toys performance at the joint ICMC-SMC 2014 conference.
18-20 July 2014
Στέρφος performance at the Invisible Places/Sounding Cities Symposium.
2 July 2014
Toys performance at Octosono 8X8, ForestCenterPlus
7 May 2014
Στέρφος performance at the ForestCenterPlus
4 April 2014
Toys performance at Anglia Ruskin Unniversity, Mumford Theatre.
10 March 2014
Toys performance at the University of Oklahoma.
Toys broadcast at the web-radio of “DEGEM” @ ZKM [stream].
19 February 2014
Toys (8-channels) performance at Musiques & Recherches.
4 December 2013
Toys (24-channels) performance in the Cube of ZKM | Institute for Music & Acoustics.
12 November 2013
Toys (8-channels) performance at City University London.
8-9 November 2013
Στέρφος performance at the Symposium on Acoustic Ecology at the University of Kent.
11 October 2013
Acqua Alta performance (in 5.0 surround) at Resonance Conference. The concert comprises a series of multichannel works and is arranged in collaboration with the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music and the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music.
28 June 2013
Toys performance at the Ionion University; Electroacoustic Music Research Laboratory.
8 June 2013
Toys performance as part of a Sound Installation in a Former Prison curated by ZKM, at Alcatraz Hotel.
27 April 2013
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Toys performance at Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.
5 April 2013
New York, U.S.A
Toys performance at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
14 December 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Toys receives First Prize at Musica Nova 2012 international electroacoustic competition in Prague.
28 November 2012
ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Toys (24-channels fixed-media) performance at ZKM | Institute for Music & Acoustics.
26 November 2012
Leeds, United Kingdom
Toys performance at Leeds Metropolitan University.
25 November 2012
Toys performance at Auditorium Centro Culturale Altinate as part of the Computer Art Festival in Padova.
13 November 2012
São Paulo, Brazil
Radio Broadcast of Toys at the 30th São Paulo Bienal
24 October 2012
Toys reveives the Public Prize at the final of Metamorphoses Competition in Brussels during the XIX° international acousmatic festival “L’Espace du Son”.
19 October 2012
Toys receives the “Medal of the Camera dei Deputati della Repubblica Italiana” at the IX International Composition Competition “Città di Udine”.
23 September 2012
Toys performance at the about: gallery in Athens as part of the Reclaiming the past festival. 13 September 2012
Toys performance at the Casa de las Americas cultural centre.
17 March 2012
Toys [stereo version] performance at the dipart festival in Thessaloniki. 20 January 2012
San Francisco, U.S.A
Στέρφος performance at the San Francisco Tape Music Festival. You may read a review of the concert here.
4 December 2011
Toys 8-channel performance at the Technological Institute of Crete during the Days of Electroacoustic Music 2011.
2 December 2011
Toys 24-channel performance at Hall Phelma Minatec, 3 parvis Louis Néel, Grenoble.
26 November 2011
ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Toys (24-channels fixed-media) will be premiered in the Klangdom at ZKM | Institute for Music & Acoustics.
9 November 2011
De Montfort University, Leicester (UK)
Acqua Alta performance at PACE Building, Studio 1, Richmond St., Leicester.
9 – 14 September 2011
Música Viva Festival 2011, Portugal
Stressed Dust will be sounding through the walking hallway of the Belém Art Centre in Lisbon (along with 24 more soundscapes) during the 2011 Música Viva festival, from the 9th until the 14th of September.
BYTE Gallery Summer 2011 International Exhibition, Transylvania University, (U.S.)
Στέρφος is being presented at the Byte Gallery International Exhibition.
24-26 June 2011
BEAM Festival, Brunel University, England
Acqua Alta at the online gallery of BEAM.
20 February 2011
About Gallery, Athens, Greece
ABSOLUT ATHENS performance at About Gallery in Athens.
4 December 2010
ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Στέρφος (8.0 surround) receives the Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music 2010 at ZKM | Institute for Music & Acoustics.
30 October 2010
City Hall, Corfu, Greece
ABSOLUT ATHENS (live electronics) performance at the Days of Electroacoustic Music in Corfu.
26 May 2010
Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
Στέρφος (8.0 surround) is programmed for a concert at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece.
17 March 2010
Univeristy of Bangor, Wales, U.K.
Στέρφος (8.0 surround) performance at the Univeristy of Bangor, Wales.
23 April 2010
University of Limerick, Ireland
Kardaş (stereo) has been programmed for a concert organised by Ireland’s Contemporary Music Centre.
27 February 2010
Στέρφος (8.0 surround) was performed at the 2nd Greek Conference on Acoustic Ecology, Technological Educational Institute of Crete.
27 November 2009
Acqua Alta was finalist at the VII Electroacoustic Miniatures International Contest and will be re-released on a promotinal CD.
15 November 2009
Στέρφος (8.0 surround) was premiered at the Days of Electroacoustic Music 2009 in Kefalonia.
Acqua Alta has been released on CD by Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) and can be downloaded from this site.
19 October 2009
Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
ABSOLUT ATHENS & Acqua Alta will be performed at Ars Electronica Center as part of a SARC concert.
7 May 2009
SARC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Watch two video excerpts from the concert at SARC featuring pieces for Santur, Kanun and live electronics.
Both Kardaş and Acqua Alta were finalists in different categories at the 36th International Electroacoustic Competition at Bourges.
10 March 2009
Imago Dixit, an interactive installation for painting, sound & realtime gesture capture is exposed at Alef Gallery.
14-17 May 2009
Technopolis, Athens, Greece
Imago Dixit is exposed at the Athens Video Art Festival. The interaction between image and sound in a physical way is the primary concern of this interactive installation. The viewer becomes a listener by touching the artwork. For every drawing there is a hidden sound-world that waits to be discovered by tactile interaction, hence the work is considered unfinished without the contribution of the audience. The way the system has been designed allows the user to unfold the piece of music at his/her own pace, probably also discovering elements through sound that the eye overlooked.
How to Play: Place your palm on the paintings exploring the soundscapes.
8 May 2009
SARC, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Acqua Alta (5.0 surround) is premiered at the Sonorities Festival
Kardaş was lately performed in multiple concerts in Brazil.
The latest album by interstellar overdrive titled Hibernation is out by Studio2 Records.
26 October 2008
Kardaş will be performed at the Days of Electroacoustic Music 2008. Transduction has had multiple performances and was also finalist at the 35th International Electroacoustic Competition at Bourges. The version for networked computer quartet was performed at ICMC2008 in August 2008.
11 November 2006
Ataxia, an interactive composition for Marimba, Percussion, Electroacoustic Sound/Sensors & Images was premiered at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference.
19 November 2006
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, U.K.
Ataxia has had a U.K. premiere at the Cambridge Music Festival. Other performance spaces in Europe include Conservatoire de Paris, Lemmensinstituut Conservatory (Belgium), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Visit Daniella Ganeva’s website for more info on this piece and read an article published at the Percussive News Magazine.
25 December 2006
The theatre performance of Israel Horovitz’s play LINE premiered at Fournos theatre in Athens.
Explore by idiom
Karamanlis O. (forthcoming) Survival of the fittest. Composing sustainable mixed electronic works.
Karamanlis O. (2022) Structuring Music for Any Sources, Proceedings of the 2023 Sound & Music Computing Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. This article describes an interactive notation paradigm, which aids in structuring flexible performances for an arbitrary number of participants and any combination of acoustic or electronic sources. A simple system allows a ‘maestro’ to organise an ensemble and to communicate information to the members by means of an interactive window projected on a surface visible to all (performers and audience). The following text describes the motivation and design of the notation strategy, its implementation in the SuperCollider environment and discusses some compositional, performative and pedagogical issues with reference to a recent work; in this context the ‘system’ is considered to be the ‘piece’ itself.
Sound Synthesis & Processing with SuperCollider (2021) [book in Greek] Σύνθεση & Επεξεργασία Ήχου με το SuperCollider | εκδόσεις Φυλάτος. Το βιβλίο είναι μία εισαγωγή στη σύνθεση και την επεξεργασία του ήχου χρησιμοποιώντας το SuperCollider, μία γλώσσα προγραμματισμού που χρησιμοποιείται από μουσικούς και καλλιτέχνες σε όλο τον κόσμο και που μπορεί ο καθένας να κατεβάσει ελεύθερα από το διαδίκτυο. Τα κεφάλαια είναι γραμμένα σε απλή γλώσσα εστιάζοντας στο ηχητικό αποτέλεσμα κάθε τεχνικής. Απευθύνεται σε μουσικούς, τεχνικούς ήχου και καλλιτέχνες που προσεγγίζουν το θέμα με δημιουργική διάθεση και που ενδιαφέρονται να κατανοήσουν τις βασικές αρχές σύνθεσης και επεξεργασίας ώστε να φτιάξουν τη δική τους μουσική, ηχητικές δομές, εγκαταστάσεις κλπ. χωρίς να έχουν προηγούμενη εμπειρία στο αντικείμενο.
Karamanlis O., Athinaios D. (2017) “Composing & Performing Mixed Electronic Works”, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference in New Music Concepts, Trevisio, Italy. This paper explores common methodologies and practices for composing and performing mixed works, involving acoustic instruments and real-time electronics using a computer. We proceed to describe a strategy for creating and presenting such works and introduce the CuePlayer, a tool for the SuperCollider programming language which aids in the organisation of processes and musical material in bundles (cues). We discuss the implications from its use with reference to a musical work.
Karamanlis O., (2010) “How something is born, lives and dies: A composer’s approach for thematic evolution in electroacoustic music”, eContact! 12.4: Raisons d’être et perspectives sur l’œuvre électroacoustique. This article describes a compositional strategy that is applicable to tape, mixed or live electroacoustic pieces. It suggests that envelopes can function as musical motives similar to the old traditional fashion. A particular energy-shape can be viewed as the common denominator around which complex gestures can evolve and group together forming higher-level structural blocks. The transformation of these shapes and their merging into an architectural whole takes after the homogeneity of traditional musical forms, yet the thematic evolution using electroacoustic techniques provides an entirely different musical utterance for the composer. The strategy is exemplified by analysing a recent composition for Santur and live electronics running on SuperCollider.
Karamanlis O., (2010) “Imago Dixit: Painting, Sound and Gesture Capture“, Body, Space & Technology Journal, Brunel University. This short article describes Imago Dixit, an interactive installation that incorporates sound design, real-time gesture capture and painting. The text places the work in context considering some aspects of composition, interaction and perception. Any poietic analysis is primarily conducted from the auditory rather than the visual perspective.
Karamanlis O., (2010) “PhD Thesis: A Portfolio of Original Compositions“. The portfolio contains work that encompasses a wide spectrum of creative output and spans through different areas of computer music (mixed instrumental, acousmatic, live electronics, installation art). The compositions are accompanied by a collection of commentaries that echo the evolution of my thinking. They demonstrate an amalgam of thoughts and processes embodied in the creative act, providing an inside view to the compositions and placing the music in context. The written aspect complements the musical works by trying to reflect back on the mental schemas that gave rise to certain compositional decisions and investigate the reasons why an option might have been chosen instead of another.
Davis T., Karamanlis O., (2007) “Gestural Control of Sonic Swarms: Composing with Grouped Sound Objects“, Proceedings of the 4th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Lefkada, Greece. This paper outlines an alternative controller designed to diffuse and manipulate a swarm of sounds in 3-dimensional space and discusses the compositional issues that emerge from its use. The system uses an algorithm from a nature-derived model describing the spatial behavior of a swarm. The movement of the swarm is mapped in the 3-dimensional space and a series of sound transformation functions for the sonic agents are implemented. The notion of causal relationships is explored regarding the spatial movement of the swarm and sound trans-formation of the agents by employing the physical controller as a performance, compositional and diffusion tool.
Blochnunga Sensor Costume: This costume is a musical instrument designed and built back in 2006 at Anglia Ruskin University. As in the case of conventional instruments, considerable effort was required in order to learn the machine and understand its capabilities and limitations. Here you can find a rather old video.
Karamanlis O., Athinaios D. (2016) CuePlayer
This is a tool for composing and performing real-time and mixed electronic works using the SuperCollider language. It helps a composer to organise processes and musical material in bundles (cues) and execute them when needed during the course of a piece. It is particularly applicable to musical works incorporating real-time electronics and acoustic instruments; it may also be handy in any scenario where the composer wishes to organise, schedule and trigger bundles of processes. Install it as a quark from within SuperCollider via executing Quarks.install("CuePlayer"), or download it from GitHub, unzip & and place the folder inside "~/Library/Application Support/SuperCollider/Extensions/".
Here’s a link to a Tutorial.
Radar, Interactive Notation Paradigm (2020), [any kind & any number of instruments]
Radar is an interactive notation system constructed in the SuperCollider programming language. It allows a single user ‘the maestro’ to organise an ensemble of performers and to communicate information to the members by means of an interactive window –a disc- projected on a surface visible to all.
Download the code from GitHub and the explanatory paper.
SEPCOT: iPad Application for People with Aphasia [unavailable, by FasmaTwist]
Sepcot contains activities which help people with aphasia. It applies to speech and language therapists for the diagnosis and therapy of patients, but can also be used with guidance by the aphasic individuals who confront difficulties in comprehending and producing words and sentences due to neurological damage or developmental disorder. The objective is to encourage these people to clarify and use the semantic and syntactic features of reversible active sentences.
At the moment I am an Assistant Professor at Athens University, Department of Digital Arts & Cinema, located on the island of Euboea. I'm also affiliated with a small Cambridge-based company for Music & Audio named FasmaTwist. If you are interested in a more thorough biography you may read below or scroll-down for Greek.
Born in Athens, Greece. Initially studied Economics (B.Sc, 1996-2000) and Statistics (M.Sc., 2000-2003) in Athens by accident, Music and Music Technology (B.Arts, 2003-2006) in Cambridge and completed a PhD in Composition (2010) at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast.
I’m mostly interested in electroacoustic composition, especially real-time computer music involving acoustic instruments and multi-speaker systems, but I’m also quite happy with various expressions of popular music. I’ve written music for instrumental ensembles, fixed & mixed media, live electronics, the network, for theatre and short films. My works have been performed throughout Europe, in the US and Latin America and some have received awards and distinctions at international competitions, amongst others at Giga-Hertz (ZKM, Germany), the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME), Metamorphoses (Belgium), Bourges (France), Città di Udine (Italy), Musica Nova (Czech Republic), MusicWorks (Canada), Weimar (Germany), Matera (Italy). In the past I’ve been lucky to receive the McLeod prize from Anglia Ruskin University and my PhD research to be funded by the Department for Employment & Learning in the U.K.
I have taught at Queen’s University Belfast (2007-2009, TA), at the Technological Institute of Crete (2010-2011), at Bournemouth University (2012-2014), and at the Ionian University of Corfu (2016-2018, 2021), having regularly given invited talks elsewhere. Since 2017 I teach units on composition, sound design and creative programming at the University of Athens where I have also run the Music Department’s Live Electronic Music Ensemble.
I like cats, sea, pasta and small a village in the Aegean Sea.
Το συνθετικό μου έργο καλύπτει ένα ευρύ φάσμα σύγχρονης μουσικής με ιδιαίτερη έμφαση στον συγκερασμό των ακουστικών οργάνων με το laptop, στην αλγοριθμική σύνθεση και στον σχεδιασμό του ήχου για πολυκάναλα συστήματα. Έργα μου παρουσιάζονται συχνά σε αίθουσες συναυλιών και αστικούς χώρους στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό και όταν είμαι τυχερός διακρίνονται σε διαγωνισμούς. Το 2010 ολοκλήρωσα ένα διδακτορικό στη σύνθεση στο Sonic Arts Research Centre στο Μπέλφαστ. Αυτή τη στιγμή είμαι Επίκουρος Καθηγητής στο Τμήμα Ψηφιακών Τεχνών & Κινηματογράφου του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών διδάσκοντας μαθήματα σύνθεσης, σχεδιασμού ήχου και δημιουργικού προγραμματισμού.