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Stelios Manousakis (m)
Composer in Residence

Herkunftsland: Griechenland
KKA-Residency: 2014
Webseite: http://modularbrains.net

Portrait Stelios Manousakis
Portrait Stelios Manousakis
©Pavel Prokopchik
Stelios Manousakis is a Cretan-born, Netherlands-based composer, performer, sound artist and researcher. In these capacities he strives to develop musical and artistic languages that are visceral yet cerebral, communicating in purely cognitive and experiential terms while being complex and multilayered.

Stelios operates in the convergence zones between art, science and engineering, composition, performance and installation, the rich tradition of Western art music and ‘digital folk’ idioms. Central to his work is the crafting of complex systems for creating time-based works as growing organisms or emergent ecosystems, unearthing rich, elaborate and organic worlds through feedback processes. To this extent, he applies complexity science, cybernetic and biology-inspired models in software that he develops to generate novel musical systems, non-standard sound synthesis / DSP methods, and interaction platforms, merging algorithmic finesse with the expressivity of improvisation or the immediacy of audience participation. This approach extends from live electronic and electro-instrumental compositions, to interactive multimedia and sound art installations, to fixed medium pieces and film music.

2008-present • PhD in Visual and Performing Arts. Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), University of Washington, Seattle, USA
2004-2006 • Master of Music in Sonology (Composition / Research / Performance). Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory,The Hague, NL
2003-2004 • Post-graduate Sonology Course. Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory, The Hague, NL
1998-2003 • Greek philology: Linguistics. Department of Philosophy, National University of Athens, Athens, GR
1998-2003 • Highest Music Theory (Diploma Cum Laude). Hellenic Conservatory & Mousikoi Orizontes Conservatory, Athens, GR

= Music compositions =
2013 Involuntary Cognition Faction – for voltage-controlled analog electronics(7’)
2013 Palpebla Resonoj #1 – for feedback-augmented clarinet and live electronics (15’)
2013 What is the current that makes machinery – for voice and surround live electonics (18’)
2011 Megas Diakosmos – for digital feedback (9’)
2010 L'Hypothèse de l' Atome Primitif Sonore – for live digital feedback (12’)
2009 Fantasia On A Single Number – for live digital feedback (20’)
2009 Facts to Suit Theories – for voice, zither, wineglasses, loopstation and live electronics (30’)
2008 Navigation – for four organs, harmonium, celesta, wineglass, voice, loopstation and live electronics (40’)
= Film music & sound design =
2013-14 Bunker – Dance film by Jeanette Groenendaal and Jochen Stechmann
2011 Reformation – Feature-length experimental film/documentary by Jeanette Groenendaal
2009 The Murmur of Bees – Short-length film by Apryl Richards
= New Media & Sound Art solo installations =
2011-12 The Network Is A Blind Space – distributed interactive micro-telematic sound art installation
2010 Observe, Recount, Distort! – Interactive micro-telematic sound art installation
2009 Keledón – interactive kinetic sculpture with generative audio, video, light and motors
= Collaborative Music, New Media and Multimedia projects (founding member) =
2012-present Center no Distractor – taiko and live electronics duo
2007-present Computer Aided Breathing - electro-instrumental ensemble (pipe organs, voice, live electronics)
2008 SelectInput - electro-instrumental ensemble (double bass, percussion, live electronics)
= Publications and Releases =
2014 Involuntary Cognition Faction – labelle69 (vinyl release, upcoming)
2013 Primeval Sonic Atoms – inkilino records (upcoming)
2013 Selva de Mar : Distrails – what about music records
2012 “WLAN trilateration for musical echolocation in the installation 'The Network Is A Blind Space'” – New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2012, conference & proceedings)
2012 Artist presentation & interview – Kunstlicht, Vol. 33, nr.1, MUSIC issue
2011 Artist presentation, interview and composition release – Gonzo(circus) magazine for contemporary music and culture #103 / Mind the Gap 90
2009 “Non Standard Sound Synthesis with L-systems” – Leonardo Music Journal #19 (MIT Press)
2008 Still Life: digital granary with double bass, hi-hat, combs and rings – soundmuseum.fm (commission)
2008 Computer Aided Breathing : Fukuoka Method – SevenInchRecordings

2014 KulturKontakt Austria, Artists in Residence Programmes, Vienna , Austria
2014 Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Institut für Musik und Akustik – Artist residency (upcoming)
2013 Falmouth University / Fascinate conference (UK) – Artist fellowship
2013 University of Washington Presidential Dissertation Fellowship (Seattle, USA)
2013 Studio Loos (NL) – Artist residency
2012 Zeebelt Theater (NL) – Artist residency
2012 Graduate and Professional Student Senate Travel Award (University of Washington, USA)
2011 Jack Straw New Media Gallery (USA) – New Media installation commission and artist residency
2011 Institute of Sonology (NL) – Artist residency
2011 Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation travel award (University of Washington, USA)
2010 3rd European Competition for live electronic music projects 2010 (AT) – Jury selection
2010 Gaudeamus International Composition Competition 2010 (NL) – Jury selection
2009 Seattle Art Museum (USA) – performance and sound installation commission
2008 Orgelpark (NL) – Composition commission and artist residency
2007 Gaudeamus International Composition Competition 2007 (NL) • Honorable Mention
2007 Sweelinck Festival / Oude Kerk (NL) – Composition commission and artist residency

2013 Dag in de Branding new music festival (NL), Blikopener festival (NL), Fascinate international conference (UK), Studio Loos (NL), Radio Den Haag (NL)
Arts Santa Monica (ES)
2012 Rewire Festival (NL), San Francisco Tape Music Festival (US), Music: Cognition, Technology, Society Conference (Ithaca, US), dOCUMENTA #13 (DE), Reijkjavik Film Festival (IS), Planet Doc (PL), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (UK), Festival de Cine Bogota (CO), Guanajuato Film Festival (MX), Somnio Film Festival (NL), Parnu Film Festival (EE), PANIk 7 (AT)
2011 Audio Art Festival (PL), Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (US), International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) (UK), Jack Straw New Media Gallery (US), Stroom Ondertussen gallery (NL), Radio 6/VPRO (NL), International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) (NL)
2010 Avantgarde Tirol Festival (AT), Studio Loos (NL), (h)ear festival (NL)
2009 Seattle Art Museum (US), The Chapel Performance Space (US), Henry Art Gallery (US), Columbia University Film Festival (US), Concertzender FM (NL)
2008 Bimhuis (NL), Orgelpark (NL), Concertzender FM (NL), gallery (NL)

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