Panayiotis Kokoras || Sound Forest

Sound Forest (2007) has been composed during 2007. The sound material comes exclusively from field recordings made during the “Antinioti” research project in Corfu Island. In Sound Forest the initial soundscape works as a starting point for the compositional process. The reality is amplified and the concrète sound transformed into an abstract sound object.

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New complex textures introduce unheard soundscapes with powerful gestures. Ecological patterns from insects, birds, rain, wind and other determine the compositional structure and become resources for further development.

BIO || Panayiotis Kokoras studied composition with Yannis Ioannides, Henri Kergomard, and classical guitar with Evangelos Asimakopoulos in Athens, Greece. In 1999 he moved to England for postgraduate study at the University of York where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with Tony Myatt. His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard), IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), Siemens Musikstiftung (Germany) and have been performed in over 400 concerts around the world. His compositions have received 51 distinctions and prizes in international competitions, and have been selected by juries in more than 130 international calls for scores. He is founding member of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA) and from 2004 to 2012 he was board member and president. Kokoras’ sound compositions develop functional classification and matching sound systems written on what he calls Holophonic Musical Texture. As an educator, Kokoras has taught at the Technological and Educational Institute of Crete, and, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). Since fall 2012 he has been appointed Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas.