Granicus for Percussion and Tape
Granicus is the archaic name of a small river in northwestern Asia Minor, which was the site of Alexander the Great’s first major military challenge. The name is also used for one of Mars’ great valleys. The rhythms of antiquity, through tradition, inspire here the coming together of different worlds in space and time. The work was commissioned by and is dedicated to Alexander Pepelasis. The work has been performed in concerts in the UK and Mexico by Alexander Pepelasis and and in the US and Belgium in graduation recitals.
Granicus is based on dance rhythms used in south east Europe and Asia Minor. These rhythms are used unconventionally, presented against each other as well as treated using techniques like inversion, time expansion and contraction, substitution and additive processes. The resulting score has been used as the basis for a tape part. A recording of the score has been processed using techniques developed in previous work to create third order gestural surrogacy sound materials which display aural intimacy. These are used here as an extension of the live performance. The result displays the characteristics of “prepared” percussion, movement in micro-space with the possibility of fluid / continuous spectromorphological change. Performance gestures are embellished further with the use of synthetic materials which contrasts the above with remote gestural surrogacy.
Nikos's research interests lay in the composition of multi - channel acousmatic and mixed media works, the articulation of acoustic space and its use in musical structure, as well as the development of new interfaces for sound processing and composition.