e l e c t r o n [ἤλεκτρον – ḗlektron]
a concept album by Anna Stereopoulou
release: November 23, 2017
available in digital + physical format via http://annastereo.bandcamp.com/
and various selected record stores [please, scroll down for details
Whispers, voices, outcries…
The volume gradually increases and it finally knocks on your door. Will you open?
‘electron‘ is dedicated to my old and dear student-mates, my professors,
all passion(s) unexpressed, and to The Flame burning in my heArt,
still …and forever ~
…keep Weaving ~ annAStereo
1. Aspro Amore
2. I Keep Silent
3. Gear [spoken electron
5. Dance With Me [electron mix
6. Three [dnb mix
7. Core [electron trailer
8. Hecate [bonus open key
9. Three [original recording – bonus track
Available in Digital + Physical format via http://annastereo.bandcamp.com/
and various selected record stores:
• Habeat Records: 21 Pallados Str., Athens, PC 10554 [in_store
| T.+30.6906.905442| W. http://www.habeatercords.com/
• To Spirto café /artspace | Το Σπίρτο:
| 81 Vass. Sophias, PC 151.24, Amaroussion, Athens, GR [in_store
| W: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Το-Σπίρτο/409593409123223 | Τ: +30.211.4060.424
• LOTUS Record Shop | Δισκοπωλείο “Λωτός”: 7 Skra Str., Thessaloniki, PC 546 22, GR
| W: http://lotus.gr/ | T/F: +30 2310 260776 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org [in_store + on_line_orders
• IANOS Bookstores [Athens + Thessaloniki + NET | W: https://www.ianos.gr
• The ‘Lillian Voudouri‘ Great Music Library | MEGARON – The Athens Concert Hall
| W: http://www.mmb.org.gr/
• ‘ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen‘ Sound Gallery:
Weichselstr. 49, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln, Germany [in_store
W: http://www.ohrenhoch.org/en.html | T: 0049 (0)30 76764841 | E: email@example.com
• Green Records: P.zza De Gasperi, 9, 35131 – Padova, Italy [in_store
W: http://www.green-records.it/ | T: 39-049 3006372 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
…keep scrolling down to the bottom of the article, to Read / Listen to various Presentations of the Album ~
After the release of her last album “c i r c e :the black cut:“, Athens-based composer Anna Stereopoulou presents her new album, titled “electron” [ἤλεκτρον – ḗlektron]. The work is the 5th album by the artist, and its music was first composed as a response to the event-series commission she received by ‘Michael Cacoyannis Foundation’ (Athens, Greece), where presented between November-December 2011.
[On the occasion of the recent release of the new music album titled, “electron” by Anna Stereopoulou, on Saturday, November 2nd 2017 at 8pm, the composer presented her new record at Chimeres Space [6 Pythodorou street, Metaxourgeio, Athens, PC 10444], with a Release Party. Event Press Release + Photo Review: https://wp.me/p2zRWp-Qt]
The theme-based project / album “electron” [ἤλεκτρον] is inspired -on a scientific basis- by the structure and function of the Human Ear & the Balance of Body, whilst its main aim is the flow of the inner energy of the audience-spectators, having as parallel source of inspiration the elements of Water & Electric Spark / Power, as well as those of Sound & Light (i.e. Cochlea’s & Labyrinth’s function – Inner Ear).
With Piano as its core instrument, frequently enriched with Electronic rhythms – ambiance and Poetry, the music is influenced by various genres -such as Musique Concrète, Drum’n’Bass, Classical, Jazz, Dubstep, Fado, Techno and other- and draw the course into a labyrinth, which gradually becomes and unfolds more and more bright, via its visual translation.
The album consists of 7 tracks, plus 2 Bonus tracks, composed between 1998-2017 and mixed anew especially for its release [November 2017]. “electron” [ἤλεκτρον] by Anna Stereopoulou is the 2nd work of her concept-project trilogy [“…oneirograph…v.5.spindle : live in italy” (2009-2010) – “electron” (2011) – “c i r c e :the black cut:” (2014-2016)], giving life to her latest project, titled “SYN”, as premiered at the “Teaching Hall of the Music Library” at Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall (May 30th, 2017 / Greece).
“What I know not, glows within me. And yet it glows” – Odysseus Elytis
Elegy 1 “Harmless, Hopeful, Unhindered Day” – The Oxopetra Elegies 
e l e c t r o n
by anna stereopoulou
A mind game that aims to reach the moment you discover the key within your own hand..!
Production: Anna Stereopoulou©2017 | Composed between 1998 – 2017
Recorded between 2002 – 2017 [AEAEA Studio, Athens, GR
Recordings + Field Recordings: Anna Stereopoulou [2011, 2017
Mastering: Dadoo BigDadoo [November 2017
First performed at MCF Bar [Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, GR, Nov-Dec 2011 | info: https://wp.me/p2zRWp-1j
Research, Texts, Compositions, Orchestration, Sound Production: Anna Stereopoulou
Track 1 inspired by Pablo Neruda’s poem, ‘Mattino’ [One Hundred Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda; Sonnet III]
Texts at Track 8: Anna Stereopoulou, Dr. Aias Theodoros Papastavrou (about the Ear Structure in Greek), Orphic Hymn 86 (dedicated to Oneiros), Heraclitus quote on (Waters’) Flux
Acoustic + Electric Piano, Analogue Synthesizers, VST, Recitations, Vocals: Anna Stereopoulou
Electric Guitar on Track 2: Tassos Spiliotopoulos (2002)
Track 6 (excerpt) and 9: Original Recording (2002) performed by Jon Hassall (Alto Saxophone), Terje Evensen (Drums), Georgia Kyriakidou (Keyboard), Anna Stereopoulou (Piano), Becky Welsh (Double Bass)
Percussion (Cajón) on Track 7: Demi Garcia Sabat [excerpt of original recording (2003)]
Male Recitation on Tracks 3 + 8: Felix Metzger (2017)
further analysis of Tracks
1] Aspro Amore [representing Outer Ear
Track ‘Aspro Amore’ (Bitter Love) is poem ‘Mattino’ (Morning) written by Pablo Neruda (One Hundred Love Sonnets: No. III / Cento sonetti d’amore di Pablo Neruda; Sonetto III | translated in Italian), as set to music /originally composed by Anna Stereopoulou, for Baritone and Piano. The present form is inspired by Dub and Trip Hop elements, whilst frequently enriched with 9/4 rhythmic pattern of Greek folk dance, Zeibekiko (Greek: Ζεϊμπέκικο).
Mixed anew in 2017; performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Piano, Synths, Vocals /Recitation).
You can Read Poem here: https://annastereo.bandcamp.com/track/aspro-amore
2] I Keep Silent [representing Outer Ear
‘I Keep Silent’ is the musical coding of the same-titled, free-form poem of Anna Stereopoulou’s, as she first composed it for Solo Classical Guitar; dedicated to Portuguese classical guitarist, João Loureiro.
Mixed anew in 2017; performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Electric Piano, Synths, Recitation) and Tassos Spiliotopoulos (Electric Guitar / original recording).
You can Read Poem here: https://annastereo.bandcamp.com/track/i-keep-silent
3] Gear [representing Middle Ear
First composed by Anna Stereopoulou in 2011 as part of ‘electron’ project; first published as part of ‘c i r c e :the black cut:’ album. The work describes the entry to the Middle part of the Ear, containing the Ossicles (three tiny bones): malleus, incus, and stape, expressed by the sound of the Rhythm (beat).
Mixed anew in 2017; performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Piano, Synths, Recitation) and Felix Metzger (Recitation).
Lyrics are taken from Anna Stereopoulou’s: 1. Questionnaire shared along her ‘rho ~ ῥῶ’ composition (2016), 2. ‘electron’ project texts.
Text available here: https://annastereo.bandcamp.com/track/gear-spoken-electron
4] Cochlea [representing Inner Ear
The work is a poetic and sonic interpretation of the acoustics and function of the Cochlea -found in the Inner part of the Ear-, as well as of a Dream and Sleep Paralysis state, experienced by the music track’s composer, Anna Stereopoulou.
Mixed anew in 2017; performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Electric Piano, Synths).
About the Function of the Cochlea:
The cochlea is filled with a watery liquid, the perilymph, which moves in response to the vibrations coming from the middle ear via the oval window. As the fluid moves, the cochlear partition (basilar membrane and organ of Corti) moves; thousands of hair cells sense the motion via their stereocilia, and convert that motion to electrical signals that are communicated via neurotransmitters to many thousands of nerve cells. These primary auditory neurons transform the signals into electrochemical impulses known as action potentials, which travel along the auditory nerve to structures in the brainstem for further processing. [text source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochlea]
5] Dance With Me [representing Inner Ear
Originally composed by Anna Stereopoulou for Violoncello and Piano, ‘Dance With Me’ is influenced by the atmosphere and (2/4) rhythmic pattern of Tango dance, using elements of -Portuguese- Fado music genre, and -Indigenous Australian- Didgeridoo wind instrument.
Mixed anew in 2017; performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Piano, Synths).
6] Three [dnb mix | [representing Inner Ear
Originally composed by Anna Stereopoulou for Solo Piano and later transcribed for Jazz Ensemble. The present electroacoustic form is inspired by Drum’n’Bass genre, including short excerpts of the original Jazz recording.
Mixed anew in 2017; performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Piano, Synths). Original Recording (excerpts towards and at the finale) performed by Jon Hassall (Alto Saxophone), Terje Evensen (Drums), Georgia Kyriakidou (Keyboard), Anna Stereopoulou (Piano), Becky Welsh (Double Bass).
7] Core [representing route towards Nous (brain + central neural system
‘Core; a chronicle’ (alternate title: ‘Wings of Winter’) was first composed by Anna Stereopoulou in 1998, whilst same-titled poem, heard in the recording, was written by the composer, in 2001. It is based on Greek traditional music (Modes and ‘To Talanton’ rhythmic pattern), with a taste of Latin American temperament, as heard in the use of Cajón percussion instrument (finale of track).
Mixed anew in 2017; performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Electric Piano, Synths, Recitation). Original Recording (excerpt at finale) performed by Demi Garcia Sabat (Cajón) and Anna Stereopoulou (Piano).
You can Read Poem here: https://issuu.com/annastereo/docs/_core__anna_stereopoulou/26
8] Hecate [‘key’ unlocking + connecting SYN Trilogy
Music track ‘Hecate’ (Εκάτη) by Anna Stereopoulou was composed between October-November 2017 and functions both as a ‘recapitulation’ and ‘coda’ of “electron” project. Inspired by the triple form of Greek goddess, Hecate, the work also functions as a ‘bridge’ connecting the whole album both with ‘c i r c e :the black cut:’ project /album, and the whole Research Trilogy of Anna Stereopoulou’s, consisting of ‘oneirograph’ (2007-2010), ‘electron’ (2011) and ‘c i r c e :the black cut:’ (2014-2016) projects.
The track starts with ‘To Talanton’ Greek rhythmic pattern of the previous ‘Core’ composition, heard in the album, and develops to a cross-genre form of Deep /Ambient Techno, Noise, Experimental, Classical /Cinematic and Traditional music.
Harmonic-wise, it moves through an ‘Open Key’ Modal form, creating a type of Encoimesis, with three main Themes / Melodic Lines, blending to each other, and enriched with different texts, taken from the composer’s so far on-going research; namely, Ancient Asclepions, Minoan Civilisation, Human Ear Structure & Function, Sleep Spindles & Orphic Hymn 86 to Oneiros, Time-Space perception, Heraclitus’s “Unity of Opposites” & quote on (Waters’) Flow.
Composed /Produced by Anna Stereopoulou (2017); performed by Anna Stereopoulou (Piano, Synths, Recitation) and Felix Metzger (Recitation).
About Hecate -Goddess of the Crossroads. She was the (Greek) goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea. According to Diodorus Siculus (4.45.1), one of her offsprings was Kirke (Circe). In statuary Hekate was often depicted in triple form as a goddess of crossroads; she is also most often shown holding a pair of torches or a key. Her name means “worker from afar” from the Greek word ‘hekatos’. [text source: http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Hekate.html]
9] Three [original recording – bonus track
First composed by Anna Stereopoulou for Solo Piano and later transcribed for Jazz Ensemble.
Original Recording performed by Jon Hassall (Alto Saxophone), Terje Evensen (Drums), Georgia Kyriakidou (Keyboard), Anna Stereopoulou (Piano), Becky Welsh (Double Bass) [original live recording by Kit Venables (2002).
Previously released as part of the «Against the Silence · V» Compilation (2016)
Full Track Info: https://wp.me/p2zRWp-GC
Image Credit: THREE by Anna Stereopoulou | Live Recording on March 8th 2002 at Peacock Room, TCM, Greenwich, London, UK | left to right: Anna Stereopoulou, Jon Hassall, Georgia Kyriakidou, Becky Welsh, Terje Evensen
album presentation on:
[13 Mar 2018] Live Interview on Argonauta Ep. 21 Stagione 2 | Radio Gwendalyn [Switzerland
[12 Mar 2018] La Danza Poetica No.061 ‘Innervisions’ | Groovalizacion Radio [Spain
[27 Feb 2018] Argonauta Ep. 19 Stagione 2 | Radio Gwendalyn [Switzerland
[27 Feb 2018] female:pressure podcast Episode 02: LAPKAT
[10 Jan 2018] Resonancias by Rosa Pérez a.k.a. Fluido Rosa | RNE Radio 3 extra [Spain
[10 Jan 2018] Live Interview to Dimitris Trikas | ERT 3rd Programme [Greece
[06 Jan 2018] and Marble, 2017 Lists Volume 2 by spyros aka fake | Chimeres.Radio [Greece
[14 Nov 2017] RADIOPHRENIA 2017 | #106 Radioart by Meira Asher [87.9fm (Glasgow) Scotland
[08 Jun 2018] Review on buscadero Italian magazine by Luca Salmini
Read in Italian: https://www.facebook.com/237034819641719/photos/a.1754494897895696.1073741840.237034819641719/1949381495073701/?type=3&theater¬if_t=page_post_reaction¬if_id=1528442848487645
[16 Mar 2018] Review on Viberated.com by Sotiris Laskaris
Read in Greek: http://viberated.com/v2/anna-stereopoulou-electron/
[08 Jan 2018] Album Presentation News on ArticGR
Read in Greek: https://artic.gr/electron-anna-stereopoulou-neo-alboum/78843/
[01 Jan 2018] Album Release / Presentation News on GefiraGR
Read in Greek: http://gefira.gr/%CF%80%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%B9%CF%84%CE%B9%CF%83%CE%BC%CE%BF%CF%83/%CE%AC%CE%BD%CE%BD%CE%B1-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B5%CF%81%CE%B5%CE%BF%CF%80%CE%BF%CF%8D%CE%BB%CE%BF%CF%85-electron-%E1%BC%A4%CE%BB%CE%B5%CE%BA%CF%84%CF%81%CE%BF%CE%BD/
[22 Dec 2017] Interview to Thanos Mantzanas on MusicPaperGR
Read in Greek: http://www.musicpaper.gr/interviews/item/9348-synentefksi-i-anna-stereopoylou-proseggizei-ti-mousiki-olistika
[02 Dec 2017] Release News on MousikogrammaGR
Read in Greek: http://www.mousikogramma.gr/atzenta/arthro/electron_h_synthetis_anna_stereopoulou_parousiazei_to_neo_tis_disko-1803/
e l e c t r o n [ἤλεκτρον]
released November 23rd 2017
all music composed, performed
and produced by Anna Stereopoulou
mastered by Dadoo BigDadoo
available on http://annastereo.bandcamp.com/
album b+w photography + layout by annAStereo
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