Yiorgis Sakellariou − MA Sound Arts
Yiorgis is a composer of electroacoustic music with a background in classical and traditional music. He has released solo and collaboration albums, composed music for theatre plays, conducted workshops and performed his music around Europe. He's also a member of the Contemporary Music Research Centre in Athens and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association.
What did you study at LCC and what year did you graduate?
I studied Sound Arts and received my MA in January 2014.
What made you want to study Sound Arts?
I have been composing experimental electronic music since 2003 and I wanted to see how my work fits within an academic framework. The MA would give me an opportunity to rediscover my music, expand my practice and meet new people.
What was the best part of Sound Arts at LCC?
The best part was firstly the workshops that were organised throughout the year. I had the opportunity to work under the supervision of active practitioners in the field of improvisation, environmental recording, performing and writing. Moreover, the tutorials I had with my supervisor for my final project. These four meetings were pivotal to the development of my work.
Where are you from in the world?
I originate from Athens, Greece and currently live in London.
What are your fondest memories of LCC?
There are quite a few but I would certainly point out the time I spent with fellow students discussing and arguing about the course.
What are you working at the moment?
I am currently a PhD student at Coventry University. My research investigates the relation between electroacoustic music and the use of sound in rituals. My focus is on ecstasy, the notion of transcendence, field recording practice and live performance.
If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?
I had the privilege and joy of collaborating in the studio with composers Roel Meelkop and Jos Smolders and looking forward to working with Simon Whetham and John Grzinich in April 2015. In the future I would be thrilled to work with Slavek Kwi (aka Artificial Memory Trace) and Asmus Tietchens.
Tell us about LCC and London:
LCC and London were a completely new experience for me since I have never lived in the UK before or studied at an academic level. I am grateful for the knowledge and opportunities I was offered.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
To be explorative and doubtful.