Valsamakis was born in Athens in 1967.
He is mainly
a composer of electroacoustic and computer-aided music. He is especially
interested in the directions of algorithmic composition, microsound,
nonstandard synthesis, interactive systems, live electronics and soundscape
composition. He explores and applies computer technology and electronics in
the creation of his own meta-tools for sound synthesis and music composition
as well as in the construction of musical meta-instruments for live
composition and electroacoustic music with Stefanos Vasiliades and Dimitris
Kamarotos in the Center of Contemporary Music (K.SY.M.E.-Κ.ΣΥ.Μ.Ε.)
in Athens. He took master-classes in electroacoustic and computer music with
Dennis Smalley, Trevor Wishart, Brad Gardon, Perry Cook, Curtis Roads among
others. He holds an MSc in Music Technology from City University under the
supervision of Simon Emmerson. Currently he is conducting part-time PhD
research on "Nonstandard Synthesis Techniques for Microsound Composition"
under the supervision Eduardo Miranda at The Interdisciplinary Centre for
Computer Music Research (ICCMR) of Plymouth University.
in music, sound and computers has been presented in international
conferences and published in selected journals. He is actively interested in
the promotion of electroacoustic music and has co-organized various national
and international festivals, concerts, seminars and conferences. His music
has been played in concerts and festivals. In 2004 he was invited as a
composer in residence at the Center de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX)
He is a
founding member of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association
- HELMCA) where he participated in the board of directors between 2002-2008.
He is also a founding member of the Hellenic Society of Acoustic Ecology (ΕΕΑΕ
- HSAE). Since 2002
he is lecturer in the Music Technology & Acoustics Department of TEI of
Crete, in Rethymnon, Greece where he co-directs the Laboratory of Music
Interaction and Polyphony.