It's been time since I last posted here, although I've been lurking around. Time to share quite a bit of (old and new) news and my experiences in the time between forums.
First of all, you probably know I moved to Greece so that's fine and very old news by now.
But I also managed to get a grand from EU, of around $35,000 non tax deductable to build a studio. And a studio did I build!
Earthworks Audio QTC40 mics and Grace Design M201 preamp!
my... office chair (double screens can also be seen)
My bookcase with music related books and CDs. (what else?)
I did rent a place, worked on it, along with various workers and fixed the place acoustically and everything else. My impression of my music has deteriorated dramatically actually! Now I can hear everything so clearly and placed correctly that I'm quite sad by the results! LOL! Hopefully I will get better in time.
But I'm a very happy puppy with this.
I also got a few gigs from advertising companies here in Greece, which means money (late, but never the less money). I didn't want to share anything in the listening room since it's not done with any Garritan product, but I worked on a Pampers promo DVD and wrote 43 minutes of music in 20 days (which in my books is quite impressive). Quality is not superb, but the clients were certainly happy!
Now I want to publicly thank David Mayson (Pingu), who helped me enormously with the proof reading of my commentary for the PhD.
I'm in the very last steps of the PhD, having completed all composing, printing, writting, editing, proof reading. There are very tiny bits remaining and I should submit any day now.
I wanted to finish before going to vacation, but alas it was impossible to do so, so I left it, so I can return from holidays with a clear head and make sure everything is ok.
Here are some hard info/facts and a few pics, PhD related:
All my scores and the commentary on the right.
The box that everything will go in.
A total of 9 scores
213 pages of music
81 minutes of music
60 pages of written commentary
Almost 4 years of full time studying in London!
Recordings do exist and you probably have heard most of them already but in any case here they are:
www.nikolas-sideris.com/stuff/Sea.mp3 (this IS made with GAST Pro edition)
www.nikolas-sideris.com/stuff/Unique.mp3 (This also IS made with GAST pro).
www.nikolas-sideris.com/stuff/CUDE.mp3 (Another one made with GAST Pro).
Once I'm done with the oral examinations I would imagine it will be ok to share the commentary and scores as well.
Finally I went for a 10 day holidays to Easter Crete (5th largest island of the Mediteranean). It's a wonderful island, filled with life, beautiful scenery, green, animals, heat, beaches, etc...
The food is most excellent and the people are more inviting than anywhere else in Greece I would like to think so.
The sea from a rock in the middle of the sea itself (had to actually get waterproof bag to get my mobile with me...)
The beach, while sitting on a 'taverna' under a tree.
I do know that you all are ok, so best wishes from me.
I'm back in Athens working on a CD (related to CUDE for those of you who are aware of the general project), and I should be sending everything out by Friday morning. I also have to reprint a few scores (because, toner was running out, and OF COURSE I DIDN'T notice! Thank God I didn't submit then, cause I would be in serious trouble to have half printed pages in a PhD submition! I can be SO careless sometimes! At least I learn from my mistakes I think).
Take care all of you and all the best.