Recorded outside my window between midnight and 9am, Kifisia, Athens, Greece, November 2012
“Silence, quietness, stillness are some of the words frequently used to describe a low volume acoustic condition. These words also create controversy regarding their philosophical and theoretical context as the focus and interest on quiet sound(s) seem to be increasing among sound artists and musicians. Although much discussed and argued upon, listening to silence remains a very personal experience of sonic awareness and each time invites the listener into a new, fragile and ephemeral universe. The outside nothingness gets blended with the listener’s sonic perception, memories and subconscious. An invisible world is revealed, full of unbounded aural and emotional possibilities.”
Mecha/Orga is the project of Yiorgis Sakellariou, a sound artist and composer working in the fields of computer music and phonography.
With a background in classical and Mediterranean folk music, he developed his personal language during the ‘00s. Since then, he has been active internationally, releasing solo albums, composing music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe. His practice is founded on the digital manipulation of environmental recordings. His palette of sounds is wide ranging; from vibrating rail-tracks to refrigerators’ static, noisy waterfalls to the humming of insects.
He is a member of the Athenian Contemporary Music Research Centre (founded by I. Xenakis) and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers’ Association. Since 2004 he has run the label Echomusic.