Investigating the impact of Electroacoustic Music in Greek Culture, through a portfolio of Electroacoustic Music works based on original recordings of Traditional Greek Instruments.
My research investigated the practicability of diverse electroacoustic music compositional approaches which were applied in a series of works that explored specific relationships between real-world and abstracted sound materials, through the strategic use of pitched, melodic and non-pitched materials (and specific characters and behaviours of those materials) as integral elements in the compositional process.
My main aim was to explore all of these different levels in a musical way via electroacoustic music and to present transformed aspects of Greece. In addition, I attempted to explore new electroacoustic music territories by undertaking a journey from real-world instrumental and concrete soundworlds based on Traditional Greek Instruments towards abstract soundworlds.
Epameinondas P. Fasianos (Epa Fassianos) is a Greek Composer of Electroacoustic and Ambient Music. He was born in Athens in 1982. He holds a PhD Degree in Electroacoustic Music Composition.
He obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester (NOVARS Research Centre), under the supervision of Professors David Berezan and Ricardo Climent. His area of interest was: Creating works of Acousmatic Music based on aspects of Greek Culture (Religion, Traditional Greek Instruments, Mythology).
His works have been selected and performed in many Electroacoustic Music Festivals around the world.
His work Chromatocosmos has been awarded the First Prize in Category A in MUSICA NOVA 2018 Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Prague, as well as the Third Prize in MUSICWORKS 2018 Competition in Toronto.
In 2019, his work ElectroSantouri received an Honorary Mention in FORUM WALLIS 2019.
A list of what is considered to be Greek culture in sound (S) and imagery (I) as used in my portfolio, is presented in [Table 2].
My research explored how different electroacoustic music compositional methods could be implemented in two acousmatic compositions which were related to recordings emerging from Traditional Greek Instruments.
The links corresponding to my compositions are provided in [Table 1].
[Table 2] A list of what is considered to be Greek culture in sound (S) and imagery (I) as used in my portfolio.
1. Chromatocosmos (2014, 17'37, stereo, fixed – media)
2. ElectroSantouri (2016, 14'12, stereo, fixed – media)
✔ Chromatocosmos undertakes an exploration of the sounds of a traditional Greek instrument called baghlamas.
✔ ElectroSantouri explored the soundworlds of a traditional Greek instrument called santouri.
The composition of these works addressed the following research questions:
1. How can real-world source sound materials be transformed variations into new identities?
2. In which ways can the concept of “cultural identity” be expanded within an acousmatic work?