Corwin Chair Series Lecture: Composing sound (Panayiotis Kokoras, University of North Texas)

Event Date: 

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 2:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
Panayiotis Kokoras
As part of the Corwin Chair Series, Panayiotis Kokoras, Associate Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas, will present a talk titled "Composing sound" on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2 pm PST via Zoom. In the talk, Kokoras will give an overview of composition techniques used in his recent works such as SenseThe sound is the musicHyperidiomatisism, and Fab Synthesis.
Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807

Password: Corwin


Towards a holistic listening experience. This project describes the construction of a system for tactile sound using tactile transducers and explores the compositional potential for a system of these characteristics.
The sound is the music
An overview of the composition process, the compositional idea, the structure of the piece, and a path to an even deeper connection among the composer, the performer, and the listener. The movements and the gestures that produce the various sounds are not disconnected from the sounds are not the reason for the sounds; they are the sound altogether. Each sound could be related to others, but it is also an autonomous unit independent from each other.
The research and development of an Ultra-thin Synthetic Reed for clarinet Bb using laser-cut, 3D print and casting technologies. This new reed offers new sound possibilities and performance techniques.
Fab Synthesis
A revisit of a sound synthesis paradigm and some further insights and refinements as Kokoras has used it in his electroacoustic parts.

About the Speaker

Panayiotis Kokoras is an internationally award-winning composer and computer music innovator, and currently an Associate Professor of composition and CEMI director (Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia) at the University of North Texas. Born in Greece, he studied classical guitar and composition in Athens, Greece and York, England; he taught for many years at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. Kokoras's sound compositions use sound as the only structural unit. His concept of "holophonic musical texture" describes his goal that each independent sound (phonos), contributes equally into the synthesis of the total (holos). In both instrumental and electroacoustic writing, his music calls upon a "virtuosity of sound," a hyper-idiomatic writing which emphasizes on the precise production of variable sound possibilities and the correct distinction between one timbre and another to convey the musical ideas and structure of the piece. His compositional output is also informed by musical research in music information retrieval compositional strategies, extended techniques, tactile sound, hyperidiomaticity, robotics, sound, and consciousness.
Panayiotis Kokoras