A few months later Robotribal, London-based composer and musician Tasos Stamou has released a new work. Koura is out now via Moving Furniture. It has two tracks: the first one is a multitrack recording of sustained tones using a ‘Jubel Töne’ zither and additional live electronic effect processing; the second one is a multitrack recording of sustained tones using a ‘Hohner Organetta’ chord organ and additional live electronic effect processing. Listen below.

Both tracks are part of a composition series based on sustained, multilayered recordings of solo acoustic instruments. The instruments have been performed with extended techniques and additional live electronic “extensions” (looping feedbacks & down-sampling, pitch shifting, reverberation and oscillators).

‘Koura’ is a traditional sheep shearing ceremonial custom, still performed in rural Crete. Every June, local farmers invite a group of close friends and relatives to join this full-day annual festivity dedicated to the sheep.