RHO was composed by Anna Stereopoulou between February and March 2016, as commissioned by the ‘ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen‘ (ohrenhoch, the Noise Shop) Sound Gallery (Berlin-Neukölln, Germany).
The Audio Booth, for which the present composition was designed, functioned as a simulation of a Womb, while an extra material was requested by the artist, to be added onto the installation. Also, the installation’s structure and speakers’ set-up, motivated the listener to focus on Feeling (vibrations), rather than just Listening. The Listener /Spectator was invited to listen, either inside or outside the booth, and either standing or seated.
The duration of the composition is based on a (repetitive) 20-min Sleep Cycle, whereas its title represents the eternal Flux, heard in the sound of Water traveling to any direction and functioning both as a transmitter and a receiver. Greek liquid consonant letter ‘Rho’ [/ˈroʊ/; Greek: ῥῶ (polytonic)] enters-and-exits our Ear (German: Ohr).
RHO has an ecological, social-cultural and psychoacoustic character and it is inspired by ancient Asclepeions and the healing power of Water and Dream. [Info Article: wp.me/p2zRWp-EJ
A new* version of ‘Rho’ is part of Anna Stereopoulou’s on-going research on the human brain and it is offered in Phase #1 of the NEW International Open CALL of the composer’s worldwide project CIRCE The Black Cut. The Call is available on the following link: wp.me/p2zRWp-G2
* [[ New mix and EQ with the addition of a series of Binaural Beats, throughout the course of the music. The specific frequencies sequence is based on Meditation practices.
AUDITION, preferably, with headphones (of closed type / avoiding ‘In-ear’ or ‘Earbuds’ ones)
released June 20, 2016
Recorded, Mixed, Produced by Anna Stereopoulou [February-March 2016]
[Recording Locations in Greece (Running Water and other sounds)]
• Vyzitsa village, Pelion mountain (Spring in the forest; Cicadas)
• Panagia village, Thassos island (various Springs and Brooks)
• Entrance of the Strait of Nestos river, Galani, Thrace (River; Crickets)
• Bank of Podoniftis river’s stream, Patissia, Attica
• Portico of Avaton or Enkoimeterion (dormitory) of the Sanctuary of Asclepius, Ancient Epidaurus (Rain)
• Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus [Tourist guide and visiting Students of American School testing the Acoustics (Clapping in Circle; recitation of William Shakespeare’s ‘A midsummer-night’s dream’ (excerpt, Act 3, Scene 2)]
• Sawing of Cardboard box (Balcony in Athenian neighbourhood)
All sounds recorded with a Zoom H2n Digital Audio Recorder
Track Cover Image by Tilemachos Kouklakis
[Votive Offerings to god Asclepius by various (former) patients for healing their illnesses. (National Archaeological Museum of Athens)]
Track Cover Layout by Anna Stereopoulou