Apostolos Dimitrakopoulos

In Vitro

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Of all the composers documented on the Greek label Edo, Apostolos Dimitrakopoulos is the most conservative when it comes to musique concrète. Maybe this can be explained by the fact that he studied music and composed the works collected on the CD In Vitro at the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm (Sweden). His style remains a lot closer to academic electro-acoustics, while his labelmates Costis Drygianakis, Ilias Chadjoglou, and Petros Theodorou have developed very personal styles by eschewing rules and transgressing borders between genres. The works presented here were created between 1980 and 1993, using both audio tape and computer. Dimitrakopoulos plays with space and time, stretching sounds, moving them, and transforming them through granular synthesis and standard electro-acoustic techniques. Yet his music rarely becomes abstract (only on "Naufragium"). The listener gets the impression of following an unknown storyline while a virtual drama unfolds in "Fabula," the strongest piece of the set. "pH 4" features an evasive beat, which gives it a flavor similar to Peter Frohmader's music from the early '90s (especially the CD Macrocosm). Similarities with the sound palette of Russian electro-acoustician Artemiy Artemiev can also be detected.

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