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Title: Merging homes : a portfolio of compositions and commentary
Author: Tsioulakis, Kostis
ISNI:       0000 0004 5919 9181
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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In the six submitted works I explore the possibilities of using folk-music material as an inspiration to create new music as well as a tool on the rather technical aspects of modal writing and asymmetric rhythms. My compositions include polyrhythms and modes that one meets in traditional musics of the Eastern MeditelTanean and Balkan areas, particularly Greece and Turkey. The structure of the works often adopts elements from folk music, including improvisatory moments and melody-led sections. The material used does not intend to imitate the original folk-songs, but to discover ways in which 21st century concert music can create dialogues with them. Moreover, a programmatic character is often prominent, using specific mythological and historical elements as inspiration and as a means of structuring the works. The golden ratio has been extensively used as a structuring tool in particular sections and in whole movements. It provided me with the ability to plan the structure of particular passages using a ratio that is often met in several occasions in nature, as well as used, among others, in architecture and photography. In most of my pieces I have used multiple cuts of their linear plan in order to place significant moments of climaxes as well as impOliant changes on rhythm and harmony. Finally, the majority of the works explore new timbral possibilities and techniques applied to both the western and non-western instruments used, with the latest performed piece, Paliachora, introducing a new aspect in my compositional technique, using a vast variety of soundscapes and focusing on the programmatic concept of the piece and its structure rather than the harmonic context, creating this way an intended contrast to my previously composed works.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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