Nick Levantis

Music and multimedia art experimenter

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Nice music?

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Who thinks it’s easy to create nice and unique music? Obviously not .. In addition to music studies, we need images and feelings and, moreover, a daily life full of questions about what exactly surrounds us.

Unfortunately, we live in the age of social networking and our precious time is spent in front of screens .. I know musicians who spend more than half a day in front of the computer .. not to write music but to communicate in the facebook with the hope that they will become known and successful …..

Ιt is at least ridiculous and vain to hunt for success without having any serious esoteric reason to do so. Without dreams, fantasy and creative life, there is no real art other than repetition and recycling.

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Sonic Pi

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Software programmer and musician Sam Aaron has made it his mission to “play the computer”, and to help others do the same. From his base in the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, Sam has developed Sonic Pi, a free live coding sequencer and synthesizer based on simplified Ruby programming language that produces music from text commands.

It is designed initially for the low-cost programmable computing platform Raspberry Pi. The Sonic Pi is now powerful enough, fully fledged multi platform music program and there are versions for OSX, Windows and Linux.

Sam’s work was initially funded by the Broadcom Foundation, which supported the project for the first three months. After that, the Raspberry Pi Foundation stepped in, providing support by way of donation to the Computer Laboratory.

Sonic Pi is a social project, rather than a commercial one. It encourages everyone to...

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Radium music editor

I am particularly pleased about the inclusion of my musical ideas as demo songs for Radium Music Editor . Radium evolves from the developer of the legendary Octamed (Amiga) Kjetil Matheussen.

Radium is a music editor with a revolutionary interface. Compared to the normal sequencers (or DAW if you prefer) interface editing is quicker and more musical data fits on the screen.

Compared to trackers, note positions and effects are edited graphically, which should be quicker, provide more vertical space and give a better musically overview. (Everything can also be edited by text, like in a normal tracker)

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However, despite its unusual appearance, it’s a design goal for Radium to be straightforward to use, and easy to learn. It should not be harder to learn Radium than any tracker or most MIDI sequencers. Users who are accustomed to more traditional trackers might use a little bit time in...

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Paralogik

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Eugene Broumidis and Nick Levantis began playing and writing music in the early eighties influenced initially by the punk and new wave bands of that era. Through three decades of common and uncommon musical exploration and societal experiences they’ve made personal projects and also formed and played in Greek Bands TNT, Prisoners, Joint, Tarot, Sonar Blips , Ethereal Movement.

Today with Paralogik which is a paraphrase of the Greek word “παράλογο”, they’re trying to present through music something quite different by combining elements of electronic music with atmospheric guitars and dark vocals. Their industrial and dark electronic sound travels through ethereal and nostalgic melodies with lyrics that touch many unresolved social concerns ..

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Din is noise sonic exploration

DIN Is Noise is a computer program, You can use your mouse and keyboard to make sounds Inspired by central-asian bowed string instruments, The Morin Khuur, the Kobyz, the Erhu, the Kamancheh, the Sarangi, and Cello.
An excellent Theremin when you arent playing right ;) Or play a raga of Indian classical music, OK, it is a sound synthesizer. Yes, it can accept input from your MIDI keyboard: Notes, control change, pitch bend and clock sync and5 oscillators.

1 for lead voice on the Microtonal Keyboard.
1 for plucked notes on the Keyboard-Keyboard.
1 for the balls of Mondrian.

And 2 for drones. Goodbye again, Sine, Triangle, Pulse and Saw,
While we install Bezier curves on Carriers and Modulators,
Chowning’s Yamaha pipe still pours $$$

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Zero value

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Philosophy, theories, criticism and conclusions have zero value when our attitude shows the opposite..

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Social Loneliness

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Some of them they taught us about good and evil. And some others they put in our lives innumerable “musts” by limiting our time so to have falsely limited the need for “why” for an actual esoteric search

Strong justifications are: you must be a “social person” and you must follow the path of virtue of discipline … and also the production processes, profit, wealth for the benefit of course of the few.

Today, all societies are based mostly on failed economic systems and they give us the potential to build a powerful materialistic and extrovert “ego” with great doses of vanity. This is also what current social media means are speculative … But basically we are alone … far from our real self and away from real communication with those around us.

The choices are many … offering us the illusion that all that we choose is based on our own judgment … But very few are wondering if...

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Greece a country of tolerance

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt. – John Adams

Hidden behind the gray shades of the current financial and political situation in Greece, the words that marks today and tomorrow is the confusion and disorientation.tolerance.jpg
In May 2010, when Greece’s first bailout was approved and the austerity antisocial measures started, the unemployment rate was at twelve percent. That rate has since climbed almost to twentyseven percent, and the youth unemployment rate for ages up to 25 years old has surpassed the seventy percent mark.

Poverty and destitution are spreading, and the country’s gross domestic product has descended rapidly, while its debt has grown from 127 percent to 180 percent over the past three years.
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Four hundred thousand families in Greece not have an income and about three hundred thousand employed workers have not been paid for...

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Todays art

Art meets creation and differentiation in art is now guilty. Messages are now specific and acceptance is desirable. Art submits to the imperatives of our time. Why Is Today’s Art So Meaningless?

There are lots of other artists doing time as victims of the conceptual art world — one paints nothing but vertical stripes, another places metal squares on the floor. Like Simeon on his pillar, they devote their lives to a cultural revolution. And like most cultural revolutions, this one is of questionable value to anyone but its immediate adherents.

Nowadays, art is an integral part of the capitalist revolution. It has become curated Bohemianism, a cultural revolution perpetuated by financial slight-of-hand: profitable businesses pump money into art non-profits; non-profits promote artists.

Their work increases in value and creates an art market; businesses speculate in the market and reap...

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Pigs

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