London-based radical sound artist
Polychronopolous was born in Athens and is now based in London where he makes all manner of very interesting electro-acoustic music. He has 15 albums in his back catalogue, both under his own name and as Spyweirdos. Check out the deeply satisfying and perception-messing ‘Electronic Music’ from 2014 which explores electronic sound in ways that appear to update the electronics of mid-century academic composers like his fellow countryman Iannis Xenakis.
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Polychronopolous’ latest “album” is quite the piece of work. It’s actually a device called ‘Live Electronic Music’. It is, in the words of its creator, “a stand-alone, interactive composition housed in a bespoke hand-crafted polycarbonate box”. This modest box is like the Tardis of sound: “It’s a universe, collected and housed in a tiny yet endlessly deep object. Each ‘playback’ is different to the one before it. The piece reveals itself endlessly, exposing new dimensions and dynamics drawn from a table of acoustic elements”. The piece is different every time, with five channels of audio being processed, mixed and played in real time.
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Underpinned by Polychronopolous’ interest in Walter Benjamin, the cultural critic and philosopher, in particular his “aura” texts, ‘Live Electronic Music’ is a fabulous, thought-provoking experience. You can buy one for $75, and/or you can listen to the first-ever playback on YouTube.
‘Live Electronic Music’ is on Room40