Random Thoughts

What is the purpose of Art today?

Have you ever wondered “why do we need Art today?” – or even better “do we need Art today?” Art, in the 19th and even early 20th century used to be associated with everyday activities like ‘entertainment’: a gathering at some friend’s living room or a collector’s exhibition room or a gallery later on, a […]

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Nikos Kazantzakis, a Romantic

I am often asked about the people who influenced me most. And I often answer, ‘Puccini and Wagner’, and just after the two masters, Rimsky Korsakov. Puccini when it comes to melody and drama, Wagner when it comes to harmonic structure but also to his ideals about ‘Total Theatre’ and Rinsky Korsakov for his orchestration […]

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La Forêt des Vœux – The Forest of Oaths

The Forest is a magic grid, a place where one is fully immersed, surrendered, a place that bares codes and secrets, incomprehensible connections, such as the nervous system inside our body has. In such a Forest, within our sympathetic and parasympathetic system, in a place residing amongst thoughts and feelings, subconscious projections, suppressed fears but […]

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CORPUS AETERNUM (part 2)

While working on the Corpus Aeternum composition I strived to look upon Human Body as a ‘part of a structure’, that also holds, imbeds the ‘Whole’, as Hippocrates suggested. The Eternal Body that houses ‘the Whole’, ‘the One’, denotes, decodes it, allows it to interact but also provides with a solid reason to transcend its […]

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CORPUS AETERNUM (part 1)

CORPUS AETERNUM A new composition for Mixed Choir and Piano More than a year ago I was asked to create a new work on/about/around the theme of Hippocrates, by my home town, Larissa (Greece). Not a lot of people know that Hippocrates, who was born in the island of Kos, spent his last 10 years […]

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Why do we trust simplicity?

A music theme is powerful, direct, understood, loved, remembered when it is simple! From nursery songs to Doctor Zhivango’s main theme, from Beethoven’s two notes in 5th symphony to Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, simplicity prevails! Who could argue with Einstein’s beautiful equation e=mc2? It resembles Newton’s first law f=ma. Simple, universal, powerful. Like life itself! […]

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The myth of music being ‘in front of/above’ the film

I have heard it so many times in my life, I just can not stay quiet anymore. First I’ve heard it from mediocre directors: ‘the music was far too important than the film’, or ‘the music took over the film’. It is a nice way to say that the film was bad – no? Now, […]

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Going from A to B!

All my life I am trying to go from A to B, and B keeps changing, drifting further away, becoming A suggesting another B further down the road. Kavafis said that we should wish the distance from A to B to be as long as possible, because it is not the destination that counts but […]

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Why do we need stories?

Many times I have been asking myself this. Why do we like to hear (or watch) a good story? Is it because we are curious to see what happens in the end? But you have to be interested in the story before that, otherwise you wouldn’t care. Is it because we like to be ‘surprised’, […]

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The next level for VST instruments

Have you ever wondered why VST instruments never sound like the real orchestras? I know you will tell me about all the subtle interpretations and phrasing of each musician which are not able to reproduce, all the processing into the musicians’ mind that changes from legato to spiccato, to glissando and so on, all the […]

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The Ideal orchestra

Orchestras have a long story and has been changing their size, formation and tone, if I may say, over the centuries. Modern orchestras, mainly film orchestras that I mostly deal with, can be almost of any formation you can think of, including the traditional but also un-conventional instruments. We all have an idea of the […]

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Composing for the Time Squatters Saga

For quite some time now I’ve been working on the Time Squatters Saga. I’ve written the novel and composed the ‘Book Soundtrack’. A Book Soundtrack is basically a soundtrack that musically describes the scenes of the Book as well as the characters, the overall mood and more. In each chapter of the book there is […]

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What is a personal voice in music composition?

We all agree that technology has advanced our lives in ways unimaginable a few years ago. One wouldn’t even want to think how life would be without the web, tablets, GPS, tweets every couple of seconds, a sequencer for composers or Sibelius (if you are still one of us who actually write notes on paper…) […]

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How do you compose music?

If I had a ‘facebook like’ every time I get asked this question… Of course this is only hypothetical, since I do not have a facebook page. When I try to answer, although I state that I can’t answer the question, I slowly start to get an idea myself of how it should be done. […]

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INTERSTELLAR – A great use of Dynamics

By dynamics we mean the general perceived loudness of music (or sound in general). It is common knowledge, something like second nature in every one working with sound these last decades the ‘loudness war’. This is a war of trying to fit more ‘perceived loudness’ into the digital world by over-compressing the hell out of […]

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Sound, part of nature…

How often do we have the chance to be lost far in a forest, completely isolated by the rest of the world, the noise of the cities and modern life? Not as often as I would like, I admit. But for the last few days, I had the luck to experience it to the maximum, […]

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The rhythm in editing is what makes music

Have you ever thought what makes music and image stick together? What makes us perceive it as if it was always there? I guess most people, although they know it isn’t true, they could be convinced that music was present on the live shooting set at some point or another of certain films. Is it […]

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People are unhappy because there is not enough music in our lives

When I was a kid back in the 70s and 80s, as people of my age can remember, music was all around us. The glorious radio days were an introduction to this marvellous universe for most of the people. I remember having to rush home from school to listen to a specific radio producer who […]

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