Το Χάος! Orestis Karamanlis

Χάος’ in Greek means chaos.

In the island where I come from, in the Aegean Sea, exists a very big cave which is actually an old mine. One of the stories in the village says that the depth of the cave is so big that it meets the sea. It is a place we were not allowed to go as children, but exactly because it was forbidden, we would often go secretly and explore as much as we could and usually throw stones while paying attention to the sound they made when landing somewhere in the womb of the cave. The name of this cave is Χάος.

Χάος has always been a magnetic place that captured my imagination. It is enormous, silent and powerful. I think I have come to realise that I both love and fear it. In my late twenties I decided to visit the cave again by myself and throw some stones for old times sake, but this time carrying with me a set of microphones and a portable recorder.

In the piece the sonic material originates either from the Santur or from the recordings I made in the cave that afternoon and earlier the same day in an old abandoned residency. Both places were ‘no man’s land’ when we were kids in the village. Almost all of the DSP happens in realtime in SuperCollider.

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Genre: Live electronics
  • Format: Live recording
  • Hardware used: mac osx
  • Software used: SuperCollider
  • Duration of the submitted work: 10:06
  • Production: Sonic Arts Research Centre

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