The sound art curator Andrew Spyrou has been participating in the Occupy Atopos residency. He has been creating a three-day programme (22-24 September 2017) focusing on the exploration and manipulation of the sounds of Athens as part of the European Council’s Cultural Heritage Days 2017 with the theme ΠΟΛ(ε)ΙΣ (CITIES).

Andrew Spyrou establishing the record label The Association for Depth Sound Recordings in 2011. It has allowed him to work closely with artists working in unusual and experimental ways within the field of electronic music. The most recent commission by the label is a sound work by synthesizer pioneer Peter Zinovieff which was composed purely from hydrophone recordings of blue whales, and which received its world premiere at documenta14 in Athens. Alongside his curatorial work, Spyrou has also composed a number of his own sound works, including a performance at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London of live electronic manipulations of disappearing tribal musics he recorded in Papua New Guinea, and has recently conducted a field recording expedition to Fiji and Tonga as a fellow of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy. With Athens being a city very close to his heart, Spyrou was keen to find ways to investigate its sonic qualities, and is very pleased to be able to extend this possibility to a number of artists whose work he greatly admires.

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