West Pole Reloaded

This performance of West Pole Reloaded by Panayiotis Kokoras was recorded live at the Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, as part of the February 15, 2013 “Sonic Bing” concert by Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

piano: Chrysi Nanou

celetto: Chris Chafe

electronics: Rob Hamilton

West Pole Reloaded (2013) is a sound composition that uses timbre as the main form bearing element. An Ecriture du Son which is based on sound-to-sound structures, on transformation strategies from one to another as well as on functional classification sound models. The instrumental part of West Pole is compiled out of two hundred sound samples that are previously recorded analyzed and classified. The significance of the diatonic interval, harmony and melody ceases to exist. The piece has been especially arranged for the CCRMA Ensemble. West Pole was awarded the 2009 Giga-Hertz Special Prize for electronic music in Germany and an Honorable Mention at the Bourges – 36e Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques in France.

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. His sound compositions develop functional classification and matching sound systems written on what he calls Holophonic Musical Texture. As an educator, he 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.

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