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. More information at http://www.panayiotiskokoras.com.

Superstrings (2014) for electric guitar and electronics.

Superstrings is a sound composition for prepared electric guitar and fixed electronics. It has been composed for Swedish guitarist Stefan Östersjö. I use the sound of the electric guitar with no effects added, except some reverberation. I wanted to treat the electric guitar as an acoustic instrument taking advantage the unique acoustic, electric and physical characteristics of it. The title links the fascinating world of Superstrings Theory with the yet inexhaustible world of the electric guitar strings. The tape part creates a balanced counterpart to the instrumental part; they both fuse together to create an interplay of sonic mnemonic associations.