The first exhibition of the most recent visual project of Utopia, long time musical companion and co-member of "Hope springs eternal", took place in Athens at Soiree de Votanique.
More information on the project as well as glimpses of the artwork and videos presented can be found here.
It is of these paintings that, not only the cover of our latest album, but also the very title "Supernova" derived. Beside the paintings two videos consisting of animated details of the works and music from the album were for the first time publicly presented.
about the site & more...
Posted on: Jan 28, 2015
The site is still under development, and here are a few important notes that clearify what might not be obvious in it's current state.
Fisrt of all, I'm happy you found your way here regardless, but do please note that:
Some of the musical pieces included are still "works in progress", so in that sense these are not final versions of the files. They will be replaced by the final versions very soon.
Because of the above, for some files the options to download or share them on the internet have not been activated yet.
For all the rest I do encourage everyone to dowload
and share freely - that is actualy one of the main reasons for this site to exist.
There are many more pieces of music and videos that haven't found their way to this site yeat... I'm working on it though.
That's all for now. If you want to contact me please do not hesitate to use the site contact form - or leave a comment below.
Hope springs eternal - Supernova
With my long time musical collaborator and friend Utopia on vocals on most of the tracks, plus the beautiful cover artwork, and the contribution of Chris (Fidel) Parapagidis on mixing & mastering, as well as guitar on "Calma".
Supernova consists of diverse pieces produced between 2010 and 2014, ranging from the post rock sounds of "hold on the mountain" and "of poppy fields" to the electronic "from the past"...
The album is also available in high-definition audio files, instead of the mp3s provided below, which you can download for free here(select buy now and then just enter zero in the price field - or if you choose you can donate to support us).
Never let me down again
A cover of the original 1987 Depeche Mode song, from their album " Music for the Masses".
An almost effortless, at the time, re-imagining of the orchestration introducing break-beat rhythmic elements that seemed to "naturally" find their place in the structure, the mesmerising vocals of Utopia, and an appropriate to the emotion of the song gradual conclusion, have unexpectantly made this one of my all time favorite interpretations (among the numerous this song already has).
A night spent near the top of mountain in southern greece... the eerie darkness and magnificent dawn ... the climb and descent, gave birth to this piece and a couple more (not yet finished).
Separation brings always a heavy load of mixed and traverse emotions. Estrangement, hostility, loneliness...
Recorded at such a time, a phone message sprang this piece of music, memory & life, now forever intertwined.
I'm sorry the actual sampled message is in Greek, and therefore won't make sense to none Greek speaking listeners - still I thought the music might carry over enough of the emotion, that's why I kept it in the English version of the site.
Projections excerpt 4.5
"Pass par 2" is the moniker under which myself and fellow experimental musician Nik Xol release common or individual projects.
This single is a two piece excerpt from our not yet completed "Projections" album.
Track 1, "projection 4" was based upon and contains parts of a poem by the avant-garde poet, musician and composer Louis Thomas Hardin (a.k.a. Moondog).
Roses like angels (like roses)
A video art project by Constantina Forou (Utopia) accompanied by a composition of mine.
Image and music intertwined seeking to accentuate perception of emotional expression in the motion of plant-life (caused by the invisible natural force of the wind) and correlate this observation to the human condition, the unseen forces & inevitable events that equally seem to govern and forge our lives.
Songs of innocence & experience
An experimental project An experimental project based on the collection of poems by William Blake.
The samples below are just that, showcasing the approach - work is still pretty much in progress...
Inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis, as part of a still ongoing project for an electronic soundtrack for the film.
Due to audio compression on Youtube I also provide the separate audio file below (available for downloading too).