Nikolas 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 performance.


He studied 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.


His research 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) in Paris.


He is a founding member of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (ΕΣΣΗΜ - 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.






updated November 2008